It may have been a soggy K-Days, but still a successful one, with attendance up 2.3 per cent from last year, with 803,087 coming out to the week-long event.
President and CEO of Northlands Tim Reid says the damp weather is always a challenge with outdoor events, but they handled it well.
“I think what it really showed us this year is when those typical prairie storms would roll in, we had the ability to allow people to go inside for a couple of hours, and then once the storm had passed, they could go back outside. So the weather did effect us, without question, but I think one of the unique opportunities with K-Days is we have a lot indoor and outdoor space.
Reid says another success was the partnership with the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and the K-Days Pow Wow. He says he’s looking forward to working with the Treaty Six First Nations in the future, as well as Britney Pastion, the winner of the inaugural Northlands Indigenous Princess Pageant.
Another success for the event is the name. Reid says they’re very proud of the ‘K-Days’ brand.
“We think that it represents our history with great strength, and frankly we think it’s an exceptionally strong brand. Somebody on the midway commented that they didn’t want me ever to go back to the name ‘Capital Ex,’ and I said, ‘I assure you we won’t be doing that,’ and quite frankly we’re going to stay with ‘K-Days’ for a long long time.”
As for midway food, Reid says the big hits seemed to be the multi-coloured grilled cheese sandwich, and meatball sub on a stick.
For next year, Reid says they hope to get even more music and stage acts that visitors want to see. tl