Here's what you can experience on the fair's biggest day


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June 16, 2016 12:00 AM

With the Colonial Days Fair less than a month away the Source decided to take a look at the Saturday schedule and offer readers some highlights on the events for the weekend finale.
Colonial Days runs from July 13 to 16 at the Exhibition Grounds and offers a range of activities to satisfy everyone’s entertainment and leisure needs.
At 9 a.m. people can catch a Gymkhana show, which is a fast-paced horse events-like barrel racing and ring spearing, all taking place in the North Horse Ring.
From 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. attendees can take in some Old Timers Log Cabin Activities at the Old Timers Log Cabin, which are put on by the Barr Colony Heritage Society.
“They play music, do demonstrations, just a lot of old time fun,” said Tess Wack, marketing specialist for the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association.
“Sometimes they do rope making and blacksmithing, things like that.”
For the military buffs in the family there’ll be a Canadian Armed Forces Military display at the Heritage Trail from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. that’ll feature some vehicles, weapons and equipment to geek out over.
Wack said the display is quite neat in that everyone is free to look through the collection, touch the weapons and get behind the wheels of the vehicles to experience the display up close and personal. 
There’ll also be some more traditional trade shows, one inside the Alberta Building and one outside in the midway, and people can take in everything from jewelry and purses to clothing and hats and everything in between.
“You name it and it could be here; we always have a good variety of that for everybody,” said Wack.
For the kids there’ll be a circus featuring comedic juggler Randy Cabral at 2 p.m. on the Coca-Cola Stage, which will set up in the Kid’s Zone.
“He has a good entertaining act that’s family friendly and the kids will enjoy it, so it’s going to be a good show,” Wack said.
Also on the Coca-Cola stage, the Ernestine Hatpin Show will take place at 2:30 p.m., where children can learn about farming and conservation.
It’s a really great educational show, said Wack, and the best part is the kids will be having so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning. 
At 4 p.m. the Ranch Dog Trials will commence, when handlers will take their cattle dogs and use them to direct cattle through courses and gates and into a trailer.
“So like Australian shepherds, border collies, things like that—the handler is on their horse and the dog has to maneuver the cattle through a course and into a trailer,” Wack said.
“It’s testing the skills of the dog and the handler, it’s timed and there are points and stuff and awards are given.”
To top off the day there’ll be a fireworks finale that can be enjoyed from the grandstand, which is sponsored by Holiday Inn and Smitty’s.
Those are just a sample of the events on July 16.
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