Population to boom during next week's summer fair

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A lot of fun has been crammed between Monday afternoon’s parade and Saturday night’s fireworks.

 

In the midst of one her busiest days of the year, the Daily Herald caught up with Prince Albert Exhibition Association assistant manager Patty Soloducha to learn the ins and outs of next week’s Prince Albert Exhibition.

Expected to draw in around 40,000 people, the city will be a hive of activity all week, she summarized.

“Everything’s busy -- hotel rooms are booked, gas stations, food; everything,” she said.

Now in its 131st year, the annual event has become one of the province’s largest annual events, and certainly the city’s largest event, of the year, she said.

This comes in handy when booking talent.

“We route with other fairs,” she explained. “Because we’re one of the larger fairs in Saskatchewan, we can route a bigger act … whereas Melfort and Nipawin can’t bring them in.”

One act she’s proud the fair was able to attract is the West Coast Lumberjacks -- a demonstration of lumberjack skills, such as logrolling and axe throwing.

Another unique feature to this year’s fair will be the Alex LaSalle’s Petting Zoo in the Archie Anderson Pavilion, during which various fuzzy creatures will be available for cuddles between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily.

Local businessman and philanthropist Gord Broda will head a classic car show from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, featuring his custom designed 1956 Ford F-100.

Broda’s winning bid of $450,000 earned him the vehicle earlier this year, with every penny of his bid going to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

Next week’s fair will provide Broda a chance to share his treasured vehicle with the public.

Various other unique happenings dog this year’s exhibition, which Soloducha said remains fairly close to the formula that’s made it a popular destination.

One shift will see the Steuart Arena host various attractions that would otherwise take place outdoors.

The facility should provide a safe haven for event-goers in the event of poor weather, she said, noting that the only challenge might be drawing people to the building.

The Prince Albert Exhibition Grounds will open to the public on Tuesday at 7 a.m., prior to which staff and volunteers have much to do, she said.

“With the downpour last night it just added more challenges -- pumping the water out of the parking lot and stuff like that,” she said.

“You can’t mow grass when it’s wet, so it just delays little things. Mother Nature, she throws her little wrenches into the operations.”

Even with these challenge, she said that she’s confident everything will be turn out well, as it does every year. Even rainy years such as last year result in decent turnout.

Volunteers have already started scrambling about the Exhibition Grounds to get ready for this year’s summer fair.

Veselka Prince Albert and District Ukrainian Heritage Club have been busy for weeks preparing 11,000 perogies and about 6,750 cabbage rolls for their popular food booth.

On Friday, volunteers were seen judging the fair’s hall exhibits.

“A couple hundred people daily will go through here,” area manager Linda Grimard said, noting that the exhibits provide an annual goal for local artisans and gardeners to aspire toward.

The exhibit hall will be open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Everything kicks off on Friday afternoon with a parade.

The parade will start at 7 p.m. and will make its way north from 15th Street on Central Avenue to River Street. From there, it will turn east on River street to Sixth Avenue East and then turn south on Sixth Avenue East ending at Exhibition Drive.

  

Monday, July 28

A parade will start at 7 p.m. and will make its way north from 15th Street on Central Avenue to River Street. From there, it will turn east on River street to Sixth Avenue East and then turn south on Sixth Avenue East ending at Exhibition Drive.

  

Tuesday, July 29

Kiddies Day, so kids 12 and younger are free when accompanied by adult

• 10 a.m. -- Light horse 2014 show preparation clinic begins.

• 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.  -- Exhibit hall in the exhibition centre is open.

• 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. -- Seniors drop-in log house is open.

• 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Alex La Salle’s Petting Zoo in the Archie Anderson Pavilion is open.

• 1 p.m. until 12 a.m. -- West Coast Amusements’ midway open.

• 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- Food booths and concessions open.

• 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. -- Roger Boucher’s family magic show will perform in the Dave Steuart Arena.

• 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. -- West Coast Lumberjack Show.

• 2 p.m. -- Cervus Equipment’s children’s pedal tractor pull in front of the main exhibition hall.

• 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  -- Optimart Trade Show in the armories building.

• 4 p.m. -- Chariot races begin at the grandstand.

• 6 p.m. -- Chuckwagon races begin at the grandstand.

 

 

Wednesday, July 30 

• 8:30 a.m. -- 4-H light horse show begins in the north ring.

• 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Exhibit hall in the Exhibition Centre opens.

• 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  -- Seniors drop-in at the log house is open.

• 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Alex La Salle’s Petting Zoo in the Archie Anderson Pavilion is open.

• 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. -- West Coast Amusements’ midway opens.

• 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- Food booths and concessions open.

• 3 p.m. -- Roger Boucher’s family magic show begins at the Dave Steuart Arena. 

• 7:30 p.m. -- Rick Martin’s gospel music show begins at the Dave Steuart Arena.

• 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. -- West Coast Lumberjack shows begin.

• 2 p.m.  -- Cervus Equipment’s children’s pedal tractor pull begin in front of the main exhibition hall.

• 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- Optimart Trade Show in the armories building open.

• 4 p.m.  -- Chariot races begin at the grandstand

• 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- Summer fair beef cattle -- Tiger Lily Classic in the cattle ring.

• 3 p.m. -- Summer fair beef cattle -- PAEX Steer Calf Jackpot in the cattle ring begin.

• 5 p.m.  -- Summer fair beef cattle -- PAEX Steer Show in the cattle ring begin.

• 6 p.m. -- Chuckwagon races begin at the grandstand.

 

Thursday, July 31

Senior’s Day -- Seniors (65 years and over) pay $7 all day

• 8:30 a.m. -- 4-H light horse show begins in the north ring.

• 9 a.m. -- Summer Fair Beef Cattle -- Tiger Lily Classic Show begins in the Cattle Ring.

• 10 a.m. -- Heavy Horse Show begins in Main Ring.

• 11 a.m. -- Summer Fair Beef Cattle – Angus Show in the Cattle Ring.

Everything’s busy -- hotel rooms are booked, gas stations, food; everything. Patty Solducha

• 12 to 9 p.m. -- Exhibit Hall in the Exhibition Centre open.

• 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. -- Seniors Drop-In Log House open.

• 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Alex La Salle’s Petting Zoo Archie Anderson Pavilion open.

• 1 p.m. until Midnight  -- West Coast Amusements Midway open.

• 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- Food Booths and Concessions open.

• 3 p.m. -- Elmer Lammedee – Stompin’ Tom Tribute.

• 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. -- West Coast Lumberjacks.

• 2 p.m. -- Flower Arranging Demonstration in the Exhibition Centre.

• 2 p.m. -- Cervus Equipment  Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull begins in front of the Main Exhibition Hall.

• 2 to 10 p.m. -- Optimart Trade Show – Armories Building Open

• 4 p.m. -- Chariot Races at the Grandstand.

• 2 p.m.  -- Summer Fair Beef Cattle – Simmental Breed Show in the Cattle Ring.

• 5 p.m.  -- Anderson Motors Little Lady Classic Jackpot Heifer Show begin in Cattle Ring.

• 6 p.m. -- Chuckwagon Races at the Grandstand.

• 7:30 p.m. -- PACMA Country Music Show in the Dave Steuart Arena.

 

FRIDAY, August 1  

• 8:30 a.m. -- Western Light Horse Show Begins begin in the North Ring.

• 10 a.m. -- Heavy Horse Show begins in Main Ring.

• 10:30 a.m. -- Spiritwood Stockyards Princess Classic Heifer Calf Jackpot Show begins in Cattle Ring. 

• 11 a.m. -- Summer Fair Beef Cattle – Interbreed Show in the Cattle Ring.

• 12 to 9 p.m. -- Exhibit Hall in the Exhibition Centre open.

• 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. -- Seniors Drop-In Log House Open

• 1 p.m. -- Lord Of The Rings Bull Calf Jackpot Show begins in Cattle Ring.

• 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Alex La Salle’s Petting Zoo Archie Anderson Pavilion Open

• 1 p.m. until Midnight  -- West Coast Amusements Midway opens.

• 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- Food Booths and Concessions open.

• 3 p.m. -- Constant Reminder.

• 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. -- West Coast Lumberjacks.

• 2 p.m.  -- Cervus Equipment  Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull begins in front of the Main Exhibition Hall.

• 2 to 10 p.m. -- Optimart Trade Show – Armories Building open.

• 2 p.m. -- Summer Fair Beef Cattle Commercial Show begins in Cattle Ring.

• 4 p.m. -- Chariot Races at the Grandstand.

• 6 p.m. -- Chuckwagon Races at the Grandstand.

• 7 p.m. -- Supreme Champions Beef Cattle Show in Cattle Ring.

• 7:30 p.m.  -- Cash Back – Tribute to Johnny Cash at the Dave Steuart Arena.

 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

Family Day – Noon to 8 p.m. - $26 for two adults and 2 children (12 & under)

• 8 a.m. -- Blairs Ag Cattle Company Junior Show Registration followed by judging at Cattle Ring.

• 8:30 a.m. -- Western Light Horse Show begins in the North Ring.

• 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. -- Blairs Ag Cattle Company Junior Show begins in Cattle Ring.

• 12 to 9 P.M. -- Exhibit Hall in the Exhibition Centre opens.

• 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. -- Seniors Drop-In Log House open.

• 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Alex La Salle’s Petting Zoo Archie Anderson Pavilion open.

• 1 p.m. until midnight -- West Coast Amusements Midway opens.

• 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- Food Booths and Concessions open.

• 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. -- West Coast Lumberjacks.

• TBA  -- Heavy Horse Grand Finale. 

• 1 p.m. -- Blairs Ag Cattle Company Junior Show Awards in Cattle Ring begins. 

• 2 p.m.  -- Cervus Equipment  Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull begins in front of the Main Exhibition Hall.

• 2 p.m. -- Heavy Horse Show begins at Main Ring.

• 2 to 10 p.m. -- Optimart Trade Show – Armories Building open.

• 5 p.m  -- Freddie & Shelia Pelletier at Dave Steuart Arena.

• 7:30 p.m. -- Johnny Cash Tribute at  Dave Steuart Arena.

• 11 p.m. -- Fireworks.

 

Dave Steuart Arena Events

• Concession and beer gardens

• 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 3 p.m. on  Wednesday -- Roger Boucher’s family magic show.

• 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday -- Rick Martin’s gospel music show.

• 3 p.m. on Thursday -- Elmer Lammedee Stompin’ Tom Connors Tribute.

• 7:30 p.m. on Thursday -- PACMA Show.

•  3 p.m. on Friday -- Constant Reminder rock music show.

• 5 p.m.  on Saturday -- Freddie and Sheila Pelletier.

• 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday -- Johnny Cash Tribute show.

• 1 p.m to 9 p.m. daily  -- Snakebit and Friends Classic Car Show.

 

On the grounds

• 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Petting zoo open daily.

• West Coast Lumberjacks – three shows daily.

• 4 p.m. -- Chariot races Tuesday through Friday.

• 6 p.m. -- Chuckwagon races Tuesday to Friday.

• 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  -- Optimart Trade Show in the armories building from daily.

• 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- Food booths and concessions open daily.

• 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. -- Seniors drop-in in the log cabin open daily.

 

Gate Admissions

• Daily Admission is $13 for adults and $7 for kids aged seven to 12. Kids six and under are free.

• Tuesday is Kiddies Day, during which kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

• Thursday is Seniors Day, with seniors age 65 and older paying $7 for the day.

• Saturday is Family Day, and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. a package of two adults and two children 12 and under is $26.

 

Organizations: Daily Herald, Prince Albert Exhibition Association, Prince Albert Petting Zoo Exhibition Centre Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan Veselka Prince Albert and District Ukrainian Heritage Club

Geographic location: West Coast, Sixth Avenue East, Saskatchewan 15th Street Central Avenue River Street Tiger Lily

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