Westerner Days is my city’s annual fair and exhibition and probably one of the biggest community events of the year. It’s always a week that I look forward to during the summer for all of the different events happening around town. This year I partook in as much as I could, including two days at the actual fair grounds and figured I’d do a recap of some of my favourite things.
It doesn’t matter what day it is, you can find a pancake breakfast somewhere. Since I had booked off Wednesday morning, parade day, I decided to take Liam to a pancake breakfast downtown before the parade. It was one of the best breakfasts I’ve been to with apple pancakes, candied pork belly and homemade syrups (Liam chose peach and I went for the bourbon infused something. All I heard was bourbon). It was amazing, so good that Liam stole most of the bacon.
I ended up missing my all time favourite breakfast due to another event at the same time. That one features pancakes and sausages, Opa fries and Subway pastries. Plus it’s in the same parking lot as Starbucks so I always treat myself to a beverage there too.
We found a great spot to sit and watch the parade after breakfast. It’s so fun to be able to experience the excitement of a parade through a child’s eyes. I always enjoy watching our parade but this year was extra fun. Liam’s favourite parts were the horses, especially the Clydesdales, and the marching bands.
And yes, he did dress in his full cowboy getup, minus the cowboy boots. Not pictured is his stick horse that I had to carry all over downtown as well.
This is another event I try not to miss. The last couple years one bowl of chilli wasn’t quite enough for me, so this year I got two and holy smokes I couldn’t finish it all. I got a beer infused chilli from Troubled Monk and a bourbon chilli with corn bread and maple bacon butter from Stance. Both were amazing.
The Little Red Barn
This is my first stop every year when we go to the grounds. It’s basically a petting zoo full of animals and Liam loves to run around and pet all the goats, sheep, donkeys and alpacas. This year I thought it would be fun to let him feed the animals so I bought some food but ended up getting swarmed by all of the animals with both hands full and no way to defend myself. It was quite the sight as the goats were jumping up on me and one got it’s foot caught in my pocket. I thought I was going to lose my shorts.
Here’s the blurry evidence of my animal attack.
What’s a trip to the fair without indulging in some greasy fair food! The first night Liam and I shared a grilled cheese and nacho tater tots from Chedda Heads, lemonade from KJs lemonade, fried pickles and of course mini donuts.
This was the highlight for Liam hands down. I thought breaking it down over two days would enable us to see and do more so we did the rides the first day and planned to take in the shows on the second. Turns out he had far too much fun on the rides, that was all he wanted to do after the Little Red Barn.
There’s so many different shows and entertainers to check out at Westerner Days. We didn’t get to see as much this year since Liam wasn’t interested. I’m sad that I missed the Super Dogs as those are a highlight for me. But I did take in an Australian animal show where I got to pet a kangaroo so that made up for it a little. I actually ended up going back on my own on Saturday since I wanted to see some more things after Liam went to his dads.
I LOVE fireworks and was excited that Liam was with his dad on the night they were on so I could go. I’m not ready to attempt taking him yet, but maybe next year.
It’s really a great five days of fun that left us broke, fat and exhausted but it was totally worth it.
Someone fell asleep in the wagon…