Bradley Williams, Westerner Park CEO, says the new Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit at Westerner Days will be a treat for people of all ages. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Westerner Days in Red Deer to be ‘well worth the ride’

Theme for central Alberta’s largest summer celebration was revealed Tuesday

The theme for 2019’s Westerner Days has been revealed.

An official Westerner Days event launch was held Tuesday at Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall, where the theme “Well Worth the Ride” was announced.

“This is one of our biggest events of the year,” said Bradley Williams, Westerner Park’s chief executive officer.

The theme is focused on cultivating value for attendees of central Alberta’s largest summer celebration.

“We feel that it’s a very affordable event for parents to bring kids to, or for teenagers to enjoy the evenings,” Williams said, adding there is always great food at Westerner Days.

“There is lots of stuff going on, lots of activities for every generation and all age groups.”

New attractions are coming to Westerner Days, including Dinosaurs Unearthed, North America’s largest animatronic dinosaur exhibition. The exhibit features a life-sized, roaring T-Rex head, hands-on activities and a children’s dig site.

“This is going to be a big show with lots going on. There are some fossils, some skeletons and lots of educational stuff happening in there. I think it’s going to be very interesting and exciting for children and adults,” said Williams.

It’s important to make changes to Westerner Days every year, he added.

“Our guests that come out … want to see something. We don’t want to become that same old fair where everything is the same year after year.”

Other new activities were showcased at the event launch, which was held in conjunction with the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce’s April Business After Hours event: Glow Night will take over the Centrium during the Friday night concert and the Laughing Loggers will bring their comedic lumberjack show to the Amphitheatre.

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Aleshia Shaw holds up a goat during the official Westerner Days event launch Tuesday at Westerner Park’s Exhibition Hall. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

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