July 31, 2017 1:46 pm
Updated: August 2, 2017 1:08 pm

K-Days attendance soars despite ‘curve ball’ from Mother Nature

WATCH ABOVE: On Friday, July 21, 2017, the K-Days Parade took over downtown Edmonton to kick off the summer festival. Here is the complete Global News broadcast of the event.

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This summer’s K-Days welcomed 13,000 more visitors through the midway gates than last year, Northlands said Monday.

The total attendance for the 2017 fair was 816,250.

READ MORE: After slow start, K-Days expecting attendance boom through final weekend 

“Mother Nature may have thrown us a curve ball the first weekend but she came through for us this past week,” Northlands President Tim Reid said.

He said the addition of the rodeo likely helped boost numbers. The rodeo events were held July 21-23, starting at 6 p.m. on all three days.

This year’s festival also saw the first Pride Day at K-Days on July 28.

WATCH: 2016 K-Days Parade makes its way through Edmonton streets 

In 2016, attendance at K-Days was up 2.3 per cent over 2015 to reach 803,087 total guests.

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The K-Days Parade helped kick off festivities on the first Friday. Despite the rainy conditions, thousands of people lined Jasper Avenue to take in the event.

WATCH: 2017 K-days Parade kicks off Edmonton’s summer festival season 

Reid said other highlights this year included the Stollery Superstars Party and Monday Morning Magic.

READ MORE: Canadian bacon pickle balls, jalapeno lemonade among new K-Days midway food

Northlands will speak about plans for next year’s K-Days on Wednesday morning.

Be sure to vote for your favourite K-Days menu items, rides and parade floats in our online poll.

 

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