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Walking midway with beer one of new features at 2019 K-Days festival

WATCH: Edmonton's biggest summer festival kicks off Friday. Margeaux Maron has a closer look at what's new and exciting this year.

With just one new wild ride addition, the K-Days midway will look very similar to how it has in the past.

But new alcohol policies mean it may feel a little different for the midway south of the Expo Centre.

“Our south grounds is fully licensed,” said Northland’s operation manager Amanda Frigon. “You can grab a beer and walk around and check out the concert stage, [or] check out the rides.”

“People can have a glass of wine as their kids are on the rides, so yeah, it’s great,” Frigon added.

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The relaxed approach is meant to curb binge drinking in beer gardens “so it’s not a crazy ‘lets get drunk’ atmosphere,” said Frigon.

READ MORE: K-Days announces concert headliners including The Offspring, Kip Moore and Aqua

While the little ones may not care about the booze, there’s plenty of newness for them to be excited about.

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The always-popular Superdogs have rebranded and revamped their show, adding acrobats to a new indoor feature called Pandora’s Boxes.

Walk through a mysterious tunnel filled with beautiful lights and unusual sounds to enter Pandora’s Boxes, a wonderful world powered by the magic of the SuperDogs
Walk through a mysterious tunnel filled with beautiful lights and unusual sounds to enter Pandora’s Boxes, a wonderful world powered by the magic of the SuperDogs Margeaux Maron / Global News

“What we know is that people love the antics between people and dogs playing off each other,” said Amy White with Pandora’s Boxes.

A series of obstacles, jumps and tricks are performed by the four-legged stars, alongside skilled acrobatic performers.

“We have some tremendous dog athletes and some tremendous people athletes and that’s what this show is going to provide,” said White.

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It’s one of the many new and free indoor attractions, like Toytopia. That exhibit across the hall is described as a nostalgic collection of fun.

A larger-than-life dollhouse, Etch-a-sketch, and Monopoly car are scattered among an exhibit chronicling toys and play throughout the decades.

Toytopia visitors learn about the origins of toys, who made them and why they are fun and dear to us.
Toytopia visitors learn about the origins of toys, who made them and why they are fun and dear to us. Margeaux Maron / Global News
Toytopia visitors learn about the origins of toys, who made them and why they are fun and dear to us.
Toytopia visitors learn about the origins of toys, who made them and why they are fun and dear to us. Margeaux Maron / Global News
Toytopia visitors learn about the origins of toys, who made them and why they are fun and dear to us.
Toytopia visitors learn about the origins of toys, who made them and why they are fun and dear to us. Margeaux Maron / Global News

“It’s going to be chaos,” laughed Josh Labatos with Toytopia.

“I know they’ll have a lot of fun.”

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A collection of rare retro arcade games are all free to play, meaning the young at heart will also surely enjoy.

READ MORE: Downtown Edmonton road closures for 2019 K-Days Parade

Back outside on the midway, we had to ask about the food — especially the weird stuff, like the Octo-lolly new to this year.

“Those are the gross ones, but people like to come and dare their friends to try,” said Lindsay Crowe with Northlands.

The PickleDog is a deep fried hot dog with a pickle and Snickers bar inside.
The PickleDog is a deep fried hot dog with a pickle and Snickers bar inside. Courtesy: K Days
Not your average lollipop! The Octo-lolly is a savoury, seafood treat on a stick and worth every bite.
Not your average lollipop! The Octo-lolly is a savoury, seafood treat on a stick and worth every bite. Courtesy: K Days
A fresh, crisp waffle taco and organic maple cotton candy, topped with a marshmallow drizzle, Oreo chocolate crumble and two pokey sticks!
A fresh, crisp waffle taco and organic maple cotton candy, topped with a marshmallow drizzle, Oreo chocolate crumble and two pokey sticks! Courtesy: K Days

“A good one that’s coming is cotton candy tacos which is very interesting,” said Crowe.

And then there is the in-between — like the deep fried SnickleDog, complete with a pickle and Snickers bar.

“Which is kind of a very weird combination, so there’s kind of something for everyone,” said Crowe.

WATCH: (July 28, 2018) K-Days exclusively serves Alberta craft beer

K-Days exclusively serves Alberta craft beer
K-Days exclusively serves Alberta craft beer

 

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