Sultry temperatures and hot musical acts combined to lure just under 21,000 visitors to Westerner Days Fair and Exposition on Thursday.
Even with the evening storm it was big day and that it was McDonald’s Kids’ Day only added to the drawing power of the event.
The official count is 20,940, not far off the record 23,133 set last year. So far this year, 34,523 have made the fair part of their day.
Classic Canadian rockers Chilliwack and Kim Mitchell were the headliners at the Enmax Centrium Main Stage. About 3,400 turned out for the concert that finished with a standing ovation to Mitchell, of “Patio Lanterns” and “Go for Soda” fame.
Tonight, “Life is a Highway” rocker Tom Cochrane takes the Centrium stage with Red Rider. Opening are Jamie Woodfin and Ken Stead.
Fair-goers can get free reserved seating by going to the Tickets Alberta box office in the lobby the Centrium at 4 p.m. Tickets are free with gate admission.
For those looking for some track action, the Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships begins at 6 p.m.