Central Albertans took advantage of Sunday’s sunshine and flocked to Westerner Days on its final day.
That led to a record-breaking attendance of 29,453 people in a single day.
Three Hills resident Danielle Robertson Guttridge, who attends Westerner Days Fair & Exposition almost every year, noticed the event was packed with people as she waited in line for a ride Sunday afternoon.
“It’s probably the busiest I’ve ever seen,” she said, pointing to the sunny weather.
“I would prefer shorter lines,” she added with a chuckle.
A total of 90,796 people attended Westerner Days this year.
Due to unfavourable weather conditions over the initial three days, organizers extended weekend hours of the fair.
“With as busy as it is today, I’m sure it brought in people from surrounding areas, so it’s only a good thing,” Robertson Guttridge said, noting the annual fair must help the economy.
The theme of this year’s fair, Well Worth The Ride, celebrated the value of the event to central Alberta.
Stephanie Malbeuf, from Drayton Valley, was at the fair Sunday with her two children for the first time. She was visiting family and friends and was glad she attended Westerner Days.
“Prices are more affordable here compared to other places like Calgary and Edmonton,” she said.
Lacombe resident and mom Rose Crouse returned to the fair for the first time in a long time.
“I’m a people watcher and I love the eclectic group of people here, and it’s so nice to see so many families are out and attending this,” said Crouse.