The 2009 edition of Westerner Days kicked off this morning with the downtown parade and the grounds are now open.
As in past years, a wide variety of activities are available onsite for all ages.
The midway is open from noon to midnight daily through Sunday and offers 39 rides, plus numerous games of chance and a wide variety of cuisine.
The Sunny Family Fun Zone is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily in the Agri-Centre along with the Enmax Family Barbecue Pit and the Dairyland Kids Corral. Children will also enjoy the nearby KFC Little Red Barn and Ag Awareness area.
The Coca Cola Livestock Pavilion will showcase goats, miniature donkeys and miniature horses and the AFSC Livestock Pavilion will have the 63rd annual Provincial 4-H Dairy Show and beef shows. The RBC Arts Pavilion will include the Masterpiece tea house and the Red Deer College Series Summer School of the Arts.
At the racetrack, Hearts of the West Trick Rides start at 6 p.m., followed by CKGY Pony Chuckwagon Races at 6:30 p.m.
The Mike’s Hard Casino and Lounge is open daily from noon to 2 a.m. (noon to midnight Sunday only) while the Molson Canadian Chalet is open daily from 3 to 11 p.m. with live music Friday and Saturday nights.
Recording artists perform nightly in the Centrium.
Saturday night also features the Fas Gas Plus Northern Lights Fireworks Show at 10:45 p.m.
Gate admission is $9 for adults, $5 for those 65 and older, $7 for youth age 13 to 18, $4 for children six to 12 and free for children five and under. Parking costs $6.
More information is available online at www.westernerdays.ca