Midway rides at Colonial Day Fair July 12-15 will once again be magnets for children adults alike. File Photo
This year, it’s the Colonial Days Fair by the numbers at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.
The 114th annual fair, to be held over four days from July 12-15, will feature more than 150 activities and performances, in keeping with a Canada 150 theme.
More than 40,000 visitors are expected to take in the attractions, organized by the Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association.
“It’s a big year for us because it’s Canada’s 150 anniversary, so we definitely want to pay some honour to that,” said Stephanie Nave, marketing and events manager.
“We have more than 150 activities and performances at the fair to cover 150 years of history; there’s tons to do for everybody.”
All the events and schedules are meticulously detailed in the 32-page fair guidebook, including a new extended parade route to kick things off.
“It goes a little further in town, just to give people a chance to spread out on the route,” said Nave.
“We’ve got more floats this year as well, so it’s going to be a great show.”
The parade should be a little over two hours from start to finish.
Nave said the key to the longevity and success of the fair is keeping it fresh every year with new acts and attractions.
“We want to make sure that people are excited to come in and check it out, and we have so many events,” she said.
Purchasing a SuperPass is the way to go for a discount one-day gate admission price, with a ride all-day armband for the Midway.
“There’s stuff for all ages and all interests,” said Nave, including tons of livestock and horse shows, food, music, and local history.
“It’s something you can come back to year after year, and see something new every time you come,” added Nave.
Back by popular demand is the monster trucks and tuff trucks show, billed as Monsters & Mayhem for back-to-back evening grandstand shows, July 12-13.
The demo derby is coming back on Saturday July 15 at noon, with a new kids’ power wheels demo derby.
Also new this year is a Canadian Extreme American Bull Bucking Industry (ABBI) Bulls & Bike Show on Friday at the grandstand.
“It’s going to be a pretty neat show,” said Nave.
“They will jump over the arena and do some tricks in front of the crowd.”
The event combines the brute force of bucking bulls with a jaw-dropping motorcycle stunt show between breaks in bull riding.
“We’re having a hard time explaining to people what it’s about, but once they see it, they’ll get it,” said Nave.
The event is a stepping stone to a three-year program, aimed at jumpstarting the Canadian bucking bull industry.
“We’re encouraging the audience to root for the bull; we want to get some good bucking bulls; the best of those go to Calgary eventually” said Nave.
“They’re going to be giving out quite a bit of money to the bull with the best time, so they are judging riders and bulls.”
Nave said people from around Canada can bring their bulls in to compete and the best of those will carry on to next year.
The main event will be preceded by futurity rides for two-year-old bucking bulls to be ridden by mechanical riders, that will stay on for eight seconds.
An extreme freestyle motorcycle show will also follow the Cold Creek County performance in a late Friday show finale in the grandstand.
“The bikes are actually going to jump the stage with the band on it,” said Nave.
All of the evening concerts in the grandstand, including the one by Cold Creek, are Canadian artists in keeping with the Canada 150 theme.
The musical lineup kicks off on July 12 with pop artist Alyssa Reid, followed by classic rock bands Prism and Helix on July 13, then Cold Creek July 14, with a wrap up show by icon Charlie Major on July 15.