Westerner Days aka Fair Week is one of my favourite weeks in this city. 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 three days at the actual fairgrounds and figured I’d do a recap of some of my favourite things and different ways to enjoy your local fair.
Wednesday is the Westerner Days kick off, starting with the parade. This year I volunteered as a parade float judge. It was an early morning but it was a lot of fun. Afterwards, I met up with Layne and Liam to watch the parade outside of my office. I love watching Liam get excited about the horses, tractors and marching bands. He apparently was so excited about the parade that he woke his dad up twice asking if it was time to go yet. Needless to say, he was a bit tired by the time the parade finally came around and because it was so long this year, he ended up wanting to leave early.
It was my first time attending the fair on a date and I had a complete blast. We started off with a beer and betting on the pony chuckwagons. I’ll have you know I won two out of three races! From there we hit some rides, which is not something I’ve done for years. I am proud to say I survived the Zipper! From there, we headed to see the duelling pianos before grabbing some grub (deep fried pickles!) and watching the fireworks. The whole evening went by way too fast.
What is a fair week without FOOD! Chili Cookoff is a can’t miss event and this year was no exception. There was great weather for the event and it was a tough choice deciding which chili to choose. I went with chili from the Pepsi booth and it was so freakin’ good! I can’t remember everything that went into it but it included chocolate and Mountain Do and was topped with sour cream with granny smith apple and cilantro.
The next night was girls night. Salt N Pepa was performing! My girlfriend June drove up from Lethbridge for the occasion and we met up with a big group of girls for the show. The show was a huge 90’s throwback and so much fun. We danced and sang to our hearts content. We rounded out the night with corndogs and more fireworks!
Again, another night that ended way too fast.
Liam couldn’t wait to go to the fair and I couldn’t wait to take him. Our first stop was the Little Red Barn to pet and feed all the animals. It’s one of my favourite parts of the fair. We keep making the mistake of buying food to feed the animals and getting completely swarmed by the gluttonous farm animals. I think it’s hilarious, but Liam doesn’t like when they get so abrasive.
Next stop was the rides, where we could have stayed all afternoon. Liam’s favourite ride was the flying fish, which was his favourite last year too.
We also caught the Superdogs, which is our other must. By that time, we were all hot and tired and called it a day. There’s so much to see and do and we missed so much.
Unfortunately, all the fun is over until next year. It’s time for us to return to regular eating habits and bed times. It really is a good thing the fair only comes around once a year.
What’s your favourite part of your local fair? Best thing to eat?