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Westerner Days Fair & Exposition Set To Kick-Off Tomorrow!

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Local business, non-profits and community members unite together in partnership with Central Alberta’s largest summer celebration by hosting off-site events, submitting for Best Dressed Business and partaking in our Parade. These events are a great way to come together in celebration and get involved by raising your organization’s profile in the community!

Westerner Days Fair & Exposition kicks off the celebration with our annual Parade, presented by Holiday Inn & Suites. Over 30,000 people line the streets to enjoy the colourful marching bands, dignitaries, floats, collector vehicles, lights and other livestock entries as they meander through the heart of Red Deer on Wednesday, July 19 at 9:30 am.

As people are busy filling the streets for our Parade, attending offsite events and more, we invite local businesses to come together in celebration and showcase their Westerner spirit. Decorate your business and let us know about it by submitting online at westernerdays.ca/bestdress for your chance to win Westerner Days admission passes for all of your staff!

Westerner Days is an annually attended event full of rides, food, friends and fun, but for many others the Fair is not a reality due to financial constraints. It is during events like Westerner Days where childhood memories are created that will last for years to come. Westerner Park with our sponsors, NOVA Chemicals along with their charity of choice, Family Services of Central Alberta and Stantec with their charity of choice, Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, continue to support the ‘We All Play’ program. This program provides complimentary admission passes and parking to Central Alberta families that may not otherwise have been able to enjoy our event.

We are pleased to continue our ‘Share the Fair’ program that is generously sponsored by Olymel. This program allows kids, regardless if they can physically attend our event or not, the opportunity to create those same memories. In partnership with Olymel, North American Midway Entertainment and some of our event entertainers will be visiting kids at the Red Deer Regional Hospital and Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, July 20. At this gathering, a few of the same shows that will be seen at Westerner Days are re-created for families and children to partake in the celebration.

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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