From Edmonton Exhibition to K-Days

This local festival has gone through several changes over the years — learn a bit more about K-Days before hitting the fairway.




May 30, 2018


Photos: Travel Alberta; Northlands


Whether you’re supporting the theatre arts at the Fringe or staking out a spot at Folk Fest, one thing is for sure — festivals are an integral part of an Edmonton summer. K-Days is unique in that there’s a little something for everyone. You can stop by for the nightly concerts to see international talent (this years line-up includes the Beach Boys and Ice Cube), sample some unusual fair foods, hop on your favourite rides or just kick back in the Beer Garden with some friends.

The History

1879

The Edmonton Agricultural Society organized a local exhibition on the original Fort Edmonton site in October — it showcased livestock, grain, vegetables and handiwork and was attended by 500 people.

1901

The first summer exhibition took place.

1903

Edmontonians witnessed the first parade designed to promote Edmonton’s fair.

1904

Fair attendance reaches 20,000 visitors.

1910

The Edmonton Exhibition moved to the current Northlands Park site, with visitors quadrupling to 80,000.

1946

Fair attendance surpasses 200,000 visitors.



1962

A new twist — the Exhibition adopts a Klondike Days gold rush theme.

1979

100th Anniversary of the original exhibition.

1998

Embrace the theme — it’s the 100th anniversary of the Yukon Gold Rush.

2004

125th anniversary of the original exhibition.


            This article appears in the June 2018 issue of Avenue Edmonton. Subscribe here.


 

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