Colonial Days roster a great one

By Geoff Lee

June 14, 2016 8:01 AM

Kenny Shields and Streetheart are just one of the great acts on tap for the annual Colonial Days Fair.

Summer in Lloydminster doesn’t get any better than the four days of the annual Colonial Days Fair.
This year’s best days of summer fun takes place July 13-16 with more than 40,000 visitors expected to attend the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association event.
“The countdown is on, we’re very excited,” said association marketing specialist, Tess Wack.
The association has printed a 24 page fair guide called Passport to Colonial Days Fair.
The program is loaded with a mix of 21st century events like a new Brown’s Industrial Sales’ Monsters and Mayhem truck show and traditional favourites from a parade of floats and midway rides to horse and livestock exhibits.
The fair kicks off with a parade through a 2.4 kilometre route through the downturn with the entry   deadline of July 8 for floats.
Some of the most popular perennial attractions for the whole family are the grandstand shows.
“This year we have Kenny Shields and Streetheart, Pop Evil, Swon Brothers and Kentucky Head Hunters,” said Wack.
“So we are really excited about that—that’s always a favourite.”
The new Brown’s Monsters and Mayhem truck show is bound to be another crowd pleaser at the grandstand the evening of July 13 and 14. 
“There will be lots of smashing and jumps,“said Wack.
Back by popular demand is the wild and reckless demolition derby with drivers that could be your neighbour and his wreck.
“For the demo derby it’s a great way to showcase the car they worked on and have a lot of fun smashing it up,” said Wack.
Despite the downturn, sponsors has stepped up to the plate to make the summer party of 2016 the best one yet.
“The community of Lloydminster and surrounding area has been great with all of that so we really grateful for our great sponsors and volunteer,” said Wack.
She noted the fair also fits in with this year’s trend in Alberta for staycations with the economy weak.
“It’s a great community event and they don’t have to travel far so it fits especially this year,” said Wack.
“Times are a little tougher—you don’t have to go very far to have a great time.”
Wack said the gate fee gets you into all of the entertainment venues, the monster truck show, the grandstand shows with no extra admission tickets needed.
Daily general gate admission to the fair is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with children 12 and under free.
A superpass—$40 for adults, $37 for seniors and students and $30 for kids 3-12— includes a one day gate admission and a one day ride all day armband for the midway.
Daily thrills will be also presented by I-Flip, billed as the ultimate aerial show on the Heritage Trail.
The gig features a 60-ft. death-defying high fall into a stuntman airbag.
For non thrill seekers, the Horse and Livestock Shows could be your cup of tea.
The schedule includes everything from ranch dog trials and a sheep show to a heifer classic show.
“It’s a great way for exhibitors to showcase their hard work with their animals for the ag events,” said Wack.
The program guide is loaded with daily activities for all ages and interests including Colonial Creations
displaying everything from photography to sewing and baking and a master artisan program showcasing the best of the best.
Among the countless attractions is a Canadian Raptor Conservancy exhibit of Birds of Prey of the World.
“We try to have something for everybody,” said Wack.
The fair will wrap up with a fireworks display at 11:30 p.m. sponsored by the Holiday Inn & Suites and Smitty’s.

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