Westerner Days kicks off Wednesday with five days of fun that includes entertainment, attractions and nightly pony chuckwagon races.
Saskatchewan’s Sheepdogs band headline one of the evening concerts.
Starting Wednesday and ending on Sunday, the five-day event features everything from celebrity pig races to disco dogs to Spandy Andy to wobbly waterballs.
It all gets started with the parade at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Red Deer on Wednesday.
Starting and finishing at the corner of 43rd Street and 48th Avenue.
The new parade route goes east on 43rd Street, north on 47th Avenue, west on 50th Street, north on 48th Avenue, west on 52nd Street, south on 49th Avenue, east on 49th Street, south on 48th Avenue, west on 48th Street, south on 49th Avenue, east on 46th Street and then south on 48th Avenue, returning to the original starting location.
The midway sets up on the Wednesday at noon and runs all weekend with all sorts of rides for fair-goers.
The Grub Hub, Red Deer’s fair food destination, which runs from noon to midnight Wednesday to Saturday and from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Events running all weekend at Midway Boulevard include the waterballs, which allow people to walk on water safely encased in an inflated ball, which runs every day from 12 to 10 p.m.
The one-man band Bandaloni performs daily at 3, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Copper Cowboy, a live statue, will roam the midway area all day.
Spandy Andy performs at 3:30, 6:30 and 9 p.m. and celebrity pig races are scheduled for 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Over at the Midway Stage, hypnotist Dale K performs at 3:30, 6:30 and 9 p.m., Randy Cabral the comedy juggler performs at 2, 5 and 7:30 p.m. and the Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show is scheduled for 2:30, 5:30 and 8 p.m.
An opportunity for antique portraits and medieval recreation exhibits run daily from noon to 9 p.m at Midway Boulevard.
Doo Doo the Clown performs daily at 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. at the family fun zone family stage as well as roaming daily throughout Midway Boulevard. Also featured daily at the Family Fun Zone are Splash’n Boots at 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m. and a Safari Dance Adventure at 2, 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Over at the Kid’s Corral there is daily face-painting and sportball from 12 to 8 p.m.
Adventure Alley, at the Parkland Pavillion, features several daily performances including the Disco Dogs at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. and speed painter David Sharp at 1:30, 4 and 6:30 p.m.
The All About Science show runs at 3:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m. from July 16 to 19, but on Sunday it only runs at 3:30 and 6 p.m.
Music acts for the weekend include Randi Boulton performing at the lounge on July 18 and 19 from 9 to 11 p.m. and On The Mark Productions spins the tracks on July 16 and 17 from 2 to 11 p.m., on the 18th and 19th from 2 to 9 p.m. and on the 20th from 2 to 8 p.m.
The mainstage lineup features Brett Kissel and Tom Hicks on Wednesday, Diamond Rio on Thursday, a double bill of Harlequin and Honeymoon Suite on Friday and the Sheepdogs on Saturday. All shows start at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.
The pony chuckwagons go Wednesday to Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the race track. Fireworks, weather permitting, are scheduled for 10:45 p.m. on Friday at the same location.
For the agricultural-minded, a wide range of cattle, goat, donkey, rabbit and horse shows are planned for the two livestock pavilions. As well the Little Red Barn features both an agricultural awareness, a hands-on chance to learn about agricultural life and a petting zoo. Both run from noon to 8 p.m.
For more information about events, times and locations visit www.westernerdays.ca.