REGINA – Between eight to 10 per cent fewer people are attending the Queen City Ex this year versus in 2013, according to organizers.
“You can’t control the weather and maybe those people who didn’t show up on Friday are going to come today, and we’ll be happy to see them and have a good time,” said event coordinator Josh Shaw Sunday, regarding Friday’s thunderstorm.
Numbers for Sunday’s attendance weren’t available at the time of publication, so it’s yet to be determined whether the five-day event will match last year’s nearly 210,000 attendance number.
Parking proved to be another issue due to construction for Regina’s new stadium that put a significant dent on available spaces.
“The next two years with this stadium, it’s going to present some challenges, and we’re going to have to overcome them,” said Shaw.
Despite fewer in attendance, Shaw said the event is still considered a success.
“The food’s great, the games are great, everything’s great. I love it. Best fair, it really is,” said visitor Diane Ross.
Sunday is the last day the Ex is open to the public, but it’s not the last day for employees.
“We go to Toronto for a month, and then we go back down into the States and do New York, and Columbia, and Springfield, Massachusetts, and then I ‘m off for the Winter for three months, and then we start in Miami all over again,” said Texas native Garrett Oldham.