Nice Horse (contributed photo).

Country and rock acts share billing with dinosaurs at this summer’s Westerner Days

Diverse entertainment July 17-21 at Westerner Park

The Headpins, Nice Horse, Streetheart and Aaron Goodvin are among the diverse music acts coming to entertain at Westerner Days this summer.

Holly Woods & Toronto are also in the lineup of headliners slated to perform free concerts at the Centrium during the family-friendly fair and exposition that will run from July 17 to 21.

This year’s Centrium shows will run Thursday through Saturday. Country music acts will entertain on Thursday (Jason Benoit opening for Goodvin) and Saturday night (Nice Horse and another act, to be announced).

There will also be a Friday rock show (Headpins, Streetheart, Holly Woods & Toronto) featuring a glow night of psychedelic, phosphorescent effects.

While there will be no Wednesday night Centrium concert, Ashley Nelson, assistant marketing and communications manager for Westerner Park, said Westerner Days is bringing in a new animatronic dinosaur show roaring in the Exhibition Hall.

Dinosaurs Unearthed: Predator versus Prey will feature 26 life-sized automated dinosaur replicas, including a giraffe-sized pterosaur and seven feathered species.

There will also be some 20 fossils. (This show requires an extra $10 ticket, on top of gate admission — kids three and under are admitted free).

The Wildrose Xtreme Cowboy Competition will be back in the Discovery Barn. And other fair entertainment includes free-style motocross riders on the midway boulevard and the Laughing Loggers in the amphitheatre.

For the younger set, entertainers Bandaloni, Team T and J, Doo Doo the Clown, and The Cutest Show on Earth will play in the Kids Corral.

Animal lovers can check out Extreme Dogs doing tricks in Adventure Alley.

There will also be a full range of agricultural fare.

And Friday night, fireworks will light up the sky.

Nelson said Red Derians should stay tuned to the Westerner Days website to find out more about midway rides, which are yet to be announced. Ride-all-day passes will be 30 per cent off until June 1 from www.ticketsalberta.com.

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