Early indications have the 131st Annual Prince Albert Summer Fair and Exhibition poised for success -- knock on wood.
‚ÄúWristband sales have been off the charts for us,‚ÄĚ Prince Albert Exhibition Association assistant manager Patty Soloducha said on Monday afternoon. ‚ÄúSome of the vendors are running out.‚ÄĚ
With discounted wristband sales in the thousands, early interest in the event appears greater than previous years -- perhaps due to the weather forecast.
‚ÄúEverything looks like it‚Äôs turning out great for the week -- a few showers Friday and Saturday, but other than that nice temperatures along with that,‚ÄĚ Soloducha said.
Over the past couple years, heavy rain plagued one day per year, with the event bouncing back quickly, she said.
On Monday, a flurry of last-minute preparations were underway.
West Coast Amusements staff arrived on Sunday, and were seen setting up their elaborate ride and carnival games, hosing things off for festivalgoers.
Veselka Prince Albert and District Ukrainian Heritage Club volunteers cleaned out their food vendor booth while a repairman fixed their stove.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs lots of little things,‚ÄĚ Soloducha said, noting that by Tuesday‚Äôs opening she anticipates seeing everything running smoothly.
Gates open at 7 a.m., though most events and activities won‚Äôt start up until the early afternoon.
Tuesday is Kiddies Day, wherein youth 12 years of age and younger get in free when accompanied by an adult.
General gate admissions are $13 for adults and $7 for kids aged seven to 12.