By Sheldon Spackman
Online sales are now underway for this year’s Westerner Days Ride All Day and Mega Passes. This means fair goers can purchase their RAD and MEGA passes by using the newly created www.ticketsalberta.com website.
Officials say by purchasing your advance passes, you can save yourself , which includes gate admission and midway rides for an entire day. You can also save on MEGA passes, which are valid for an individual to attend Westerner Days any three days during the fair.
Sale of the advance discounted passes ends on Thursday, June 15 at 11:59 pm, while a limited quantity of RAD and MEGA passes will be sold on Friday, June 16 at participating Central Alberta Co-op Stores until Tuesday, July 18. Westerner Days runs from Wednesday, July 19th – Sunday, July 23rd.
This year’s Main Stage Entertainment has also been announced:
Wednesday, July 19th – Opening performers are Nice Horse and Hey Romeo. The headliner is Jess Moskaluke, who recently accepted Country Album of the Year at the 2017 Juno Awards in April.
Thursday, July 20th – Co-Headliners are Kenny Shields and Streetheart along with Canada’s legendary Chilliwack.
Friday, July 21st – Opening performers are Jamie Woodfin and Ken Stead. The headliner for Friday night is Tom Cochrane with Red Rider.
Saturday, July 22nd – Opening performer is Jocelyn Alice. She stopped by for a visit a few months ago with her bassist and musical soul mate Lisa Jacobs.
The headliner for Saturday night is Coleman Hell, who crafted a genre-defying monster of a hit with his breakout single called, ‘2 Heads’. Coleman stopped by Todayville last fall. Get to know him right here. He’s a major talent and it’s exciting to have him perform here at Westerner Days.
Each night after the main stage performers, from Wednesday to Saturday, there will be fireworks at the racetrack starting at 10:45 pm weather permitting.
Wildlife Festival Returns to Red Deer’s Westerner Park February 3 – 5!
RED DEER WILDLIFE FESTIVAL
See a Sloth! Pet a Kangaroo! Meet a Tegu!
Hang with an Iguana! And many more amazing animals.
The YYC Nature Centre, Cobb’s Adventure Park, & Cobb’s Exotic Animal Rescue are bringing you a not to be missed event in Red Deer Feb 3rd – Feb 5th
3 ALL NEW EXHIBITS
Diversity of Living Things
What is the difference between frogs and toads? How do animals adapt? Learn about different species and life on earth.
Journey to the Amazon
See & interact with some of the incredible animals that call the Amazon home. The worlds largest rainforest comes to life!
This is Africa
Learn about the planet’s 2nd largest continent.
$17.00 in Advance
$21.00 at the door
Kids 3 and under Free.
Jan 20, 7-9pm – Adults Only Admission
$26.00 in Advance
$31.00 at the door
VIP EXPERIENCE – *BEST VALUE!*
A small group guided experience with many of our animals! VIP Experiences are VERY LIMITED per day. One at the beginning of the day and one at the end of the day. Choose either the Parrot and Mammal Experience or the Reptile experience. $150/person in advance including admission, $175/person at the door.
ADD ON ANIMAL EXPERIENCES
Pet/feed a wallaby. Feed a porcupine. Hug a boa. Includes photo opportunity with your camera. $20 – $60 per person, per experience.
COLD BLOODED AMAZON
Learn about some of the largest reptiles on earth that call the Amazon home!
DIVERSITY OF LIVING THINGS: MAMMALS
Learn about Sloths, Sugar Gliders, Kangaroos and much more!
What Is The Wildlife Festival?
The Wildlife Festival is an annual interactive experience that highlights animals and their habitats. Our mission is to inspire and educate people of all ages by connecting with animals. Our entertaining stage shows, educational displays and interactive experiences with the animals will teach, entertain and delight all who attend.
Who we are
Cobb’s Exotic Animal Rescue is a non-profit division of Cobb’s Adventure Park. Cobb’s is home to hundreds of animals including Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wallaroos, Llamas, Emus, Porcupines and more. Their mission is to give all exotic animals a safe and healthy life. Their current goal is to build an education center as a place to house and a place to educate the public on what it means to be involved with exotic animals. Far too often people buy exotic animals without thinking of the consequences long term. Many of these animals outgrow their spaces and even sometimes outlive their owners. As a result, exotic animals are frequently sold and resold many times, and sadly many become inhumanely disposed of. Cobb’s Exotic Animal Rescue aims to be a link to the solution. Cobbs is able to provide the appropriate care and nurturing of many of these species and gives them the unique attention that they require.
Click below to donate, and be a part of building an education center in Alberta for exotic animals in need.
Reptile Parties INC is the parent company of Calgary Reptile Parties and the YYC Nature & Education Centre. Calgary Reptile Parties launched in 2008, became incorporated in 2012, and opened the YYC Nature & Education Centre in 2021. Their focus is on programs that promote conservation, responsible pet ownership, and connecting people to animals. The center is home to 300 animals including snakes, lizards, spiders, exotic mammals, and birds. Reptile Parties INC was featured on Animal Planet’s SCALED – seen in 195 countries in 2018.
The Wildlife Festival arrived in western Canada in 2015, produced by Little Ray’s Nature Centre & The Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario. In 2017 Jason Clevett of Reptile Parties INC joined the team and returned again in 2019.
In 2022 Reptile Parties INC and Calgary based YYC Nature Centre teamed up with Cobb’s Exotic Animal Rescue and Cobb’s Adventure Park to lead the re-opening of The Wildlife Festival in Western Canada. The Wildlife Festival appeared at multiple fairs and exhibitions in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2022 drawing thousands of visitors from all across Western Canada.
Do we get to pet animals with a regular ticket?
Some animals are available for petting and hands on opportunities. We offer paid photo & interaction opportunities with select animals as well as VIP experiences behind the scenes.
What comes with the VIP Experience ticket?
Spend quality private time with the animals. An exclusive hands on experience with the animals, you can take photos and ask questions behind the scenes and meet the animals trainers too! VIP experiences are VERY limited, so purchase in advance is recommended.
Is this event for all ages?
Yes! Except for our ADULTS ONLY exclusive which is on Friday evening from 7-9pm.
What if I am afraid of snakes or spiders, but want to see the other animals?
Don’t worry, you can still get a chance to spend time with the other animals. We have several educational exhibits in place and the stage shows present an opportunity to learn about the animals from a comfortable distance.
Which animals will be at The Wildlife Festival?
Kangaroo, Snake, Tortoise, Tegu, Toad, Wallaby, Sugar Glider, Sloth and more! Although we have many animals attending the show, we cannot guarantee that all of them will make an appearance due to many circumstances, sensitivities, and personalities these animals can have.
Where did the animals come from?
Many of the animals under our care are rescues from homes that could no longer care for them. Others have been obtained by ethical breeders for education.
Are these animals from the wild?
None of the animals at The Wildlife Festival are from the wild. They are commonly available pets that have primarily been born/hatched under human care. Since they have been raised in captivity entirely, they are not candidates to be released into the wild.
Where Does The Money Go?
100% of the proceeds goes towards the care and support of these animals.
Notre Dame Fine Arts Department invites you to see Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the Musical!
From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools
Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the Musical!
Co-Directed by Jennifer Cocolicchio and Stephanie Layden starring Addy Penney, Jordana Woroniuk, Coryn Tardif, David Jones, and Mikayla Beever.
Please join the Notre Dame Fine Arts students for their interpretation of Matilda.
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, from the Royal Shakespeare Company, revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin.
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!
Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and quick wit, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
The shows take place at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre on February 9, 10, & 11 at 7:00pm. There is also a Matinee on February 11 at 1:00pm.
TICKETS ARE $25.00
TICKETS AVAILABLE in advance at Notre Dame’s front office, online at https://www.notredamehigh.ca/programs/fine-arts or on the date at the theatre door.
SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT on February 8 at 7:00pm – Free for all press representatives and pay what you can for the general public.
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