Alyssa Barbour, 6, of Red Deer was fearless when she hopped onto the children’s motorcycle ride at Westerner Days on Sunday. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

UPDATED: Westerner Day attendance surpasses 93,000

93,543 visitors over five days

Almost 3,000 more visitors came out to Westerner Days this year.

The five-day fair and exhibition attracted 93,543 people compared to 90,553 in 2017.

In 2016 overall attendance dropped to 92,729 due to the downturn in Alberta’s economy.

Last week attendance started out with 14,086 on Wednesday, and hit 20,706 on Thursday, 20,325 on Friday and 21,047 on Saturday.

On opening day in 2017, a total of 13,583 people passed through the gates followed by 20,940 on Thursday, 19,054 on Friday and 22,467 on Saturday.

The opening day record was set in 2010 with 15,410. Record attendance for the five-day event was set in 2012 with 102,665.

More than 2,200 people came out for Saturday’s entertainment at the TD Main Stage featuring Dear Rouge, Virginia to Vegas and The Randi Boulton Band.

Ingrid Roughead, Marketing and Communications assistant manager, said having two nights of country music this year proved popular.

“I think people just enjoy celebrating western heritage,” she said. “There’s been prizes for people who dress up in western gear. People in cowboy boots, and cowboy hats and checkered shirts could win money to spend at the Grub Hub for food.”

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