If 2016 was to be the last K-Days, then that would be a big blow to North American Midway Entertainment. They’re the company that rolls into town every year setting up the rides and games that are such an integral part of the K-Days experience.
Their VP of Client Services is “Scooter” Korek, and he says they always look forward to the Edmonton fair.
“We value every fair that we attend for sure, and Edmonton has proven time after time to be just a great fair, one of the best fairs in Canada I might add, and we look forward to going there every year. It’s been a fabulous event for us, and you know, the Edmonton customers have really grown accustomed to what we do.”
Korek says he travels with 450 employees and brings 400 temporary jobs into the city with them. K-Days is a “substantial portion” of their Canadian business, and as Korek points out, is an historic portion of our city’s tradition.
Christy Morin sits on the Northlands board and she says for the last year Council has said that they’d keep Northlands whole.
“So we really have strong belief that that is absolutely true. Coming and asking neighbors and community groups and organizers and users of Northlands to support and come on out on August 31st to council I think is really wanting to extend and show that there is a really strong desire to see Northlands continue and recreate itself with Vision 2020.”
Morin says both Northlands and K-Days needs support of the city, city council and the mayor.
“They’ve always stood behind K-Days as one of our signature pieces to the city and we really believe that there is support to continue Northlands. If there wasn’t support then we’d have to look at different strategies and perhaps not see K-Days next year.”
Morin adds that an established exposition like K-Days brings people together, and she hopes that it doesn’t have to be abandoned, but if it goes, there will be “a lot of smiles missed.”