Westerner Park

Immunization services will begin at the new Westerner Park facility on March 21. (File photo by Advocate staff)

COVID-19 swabbing and immunization moving under one roof in Red Deer

Larger location increases capacity and enhances safety

 

Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen said he wasn’t surprised by audit results showing major problems in past operations. He’s already in the process of rebuilding the organization, he says. (Advocate file photo.)

‘Better systems’ are being installed at Westerner Park to fix broken functions

Audit results were no surprise to the new CEO

 

New exhibition hall and rodeo shortfalls key to Westerner Park financial troubles: auditor

New exhibition hall and rodeo shortfalls key to Westerner Park financial troubles: auditor

City council will review full audit report on Tuesday

  • Sep 25, 2020

 

Westerner Park is one of 293 agricultural societies in Alberta that are looking for federal financial support. Westerner Park, which holds its annual general meeting Wednesday, has laid off 90 per cent of its employees. (File photo by Advocate staff).

Struggling agricultural societies seek lifeline

Westerner Park holds annual general meeting Wednesday

Westerner Park is one of 293 agricultural societies in Alberta that are looking for federal financial support. Westerner Park, which holds its annual general meeting Wednesday, has laid off 90 per cent of its employees. (File photo by Advocate staff).
Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen says a number of steps to reduce financial pressures have already been taken. (Advocate file photo.)

Even in ‘worst-case scenario,’ Westerner Park can now operate until early 2021, says CEO

Mike Olesen is grateful for $2 million from the City of Red Deer

Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen says a number of steps to reduce financial pressures have already been taken. (Advocate file photo.)
Westerner Park, whose financial troubles have been compounded by limits imposed by COVID-19 precautions, usually drives more than $150 million of regional economic activity annually.(Advocate file photo).

City of Red Deer is reviewing audit of Westerner Park’s operations

A road map to sustainability is needed, says city official

Westerner Park, whose financial troubles have been compounded by limits imposed by COVID-19 precautions, usually drives more than $150 million of regional economic activity annually.(Advocate file photo).
Westerner Park’s troubling finances have become the City of Red Deer’s concern. Mayor Tara Veer said a series of difficult decisions will have to be made by council to try to preserve the Park’s future. (Westerner Park image).
Westerner Park’s troubling finances have become the City of Red Deer’s concern. Mayor Tara Veer said a series of difficult decisions will have to be made by council to try to preserve the Park’s future. (Westerner Park image).
Westerner Park is facing financial challenges. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

City council to receive legal briefing on matters related to Red Deer’s Westerner Park Monday

Westerner Park drives over $150 million of regional economic activity

Westerner Park is facing financial challenges. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff
In this July 21, 2019 photo, thousands of Albertans flocked to Westerner Days Fair and Exposition. (File photo by Advocate staff)
In this July 21, 2019 photo, thousands of Albertans flocked to Westerner Days Fair and Exposition. (File photo by Advocate staff)
File photo by ADVOCATE staff                                Thousands of Albertans who usually flock to Westerner Days should learn Friday morning whether this year’s fair can be held.

Updated: Westerner Days’ fate expected to be announced Friday

Edmonton’s K-Days and Calgary Stampede have already been cancelled this summer

File photo by ADVOCATE staff                                Thousands of Albertans who usually flock to Westerner Days should learn Friday morning whether this year’s fair can be held.
The Annual Red Deer Sports & Outdoor Show has expanded from fishing, hunting and camping to include many outdoor sports. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The Annual Red Deer Sports & Outdoor Show has expanded from fishing, hunting and camping to include many outdoor sports. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Red Deer’s Westerner Park won industry recognition for its social media campaign and program for Westerner Days. (Advocate file photo.)

Westerner Park wins industry awards for Westerner Days program, CFR poster

‘It’s an honour to be recognized,’ says marketing manager

Red Deer’s Westerner Park won industry recognition for its social media campaign and program for Westerner Days. (Advocate file photo.)
Janice Wing, Westerner Park president and board chair, said the organization wants to be open and transparent with the community about its financial challenges. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

UPDATED: Westerner Park faces financial challenges

City of Red Deer assumes temporary financial oversight

Janice Wing, Westerner Park president and board chair, said the organization wants to be open and transparent with the community about its financial challenges. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Mason Thomson, 4, and Kyla Fraser, 7, both of Benalto, visited Dinosaurs Unearthed on Friday at Westerner Days. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Rain doesn’t scare visitors away from Westerner Days

Attendance steady at Red Deer fair and exhibition

Mason Thomson, 4, and Kyla Fraser, 7, both of Benalto, visited Dinosaurs Unearthed on Friday at Westerner Days. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
The Headpins (promotional image).

Canadian recording legends to rock Red Deer’s Westerner Days Friday

Streetheart, Headpins and Holly Wood and Toronto perform tonight

The Headpins (promotional image).
Global FMX freestyle motocrosser Jeff Fehr pops a wheelie during a midway show at Westerner Days Thursday.

Motorcross riders perform heart-stopping stunts at Red Deer’s Westerner Days

‘I wanted to see how far I could push myself and my machine,’ says rider

Global FMX freestyle motocrosser Jeff Fehr pops a wheelie during a midway show at Westerner Days Thursday.
At about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, dark clouds rolled over Red Deer as people visited Westerner Days. (Photo contributed by Drew Michael)
At about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, dark clouds rolled over Red Deer as people visited Westerner Days. (Photo contributed by Drew Michael)
Westerner Days parade would not be complete without a tractor. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Westerner Days parade would not be complete without a tractor. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)
Alberta country singer/songwriter Aaron Goodvin (promotional image).

Cross-country country music show Thursday night at Red Deer’s Westerner Days

Musians Aaron Goodvin and Jason Benoit perform at the Centrium

Alberta country singer/songwriter Aaron Goodvin (promotional image).
Plenty of family fun to be had at Westerner Days in Red Deer

Plenty of family fun to be had at Westerner Days in Red Deer

Tim Hortons Kids Day and Servus Credit Union Family Day are discount days

Plenty of family fun to be had at Westerner Days in Red Deer