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Fair History

1879

Edmonton Agricultural Society organized the first local exhibition on the original Fort Edmonton site on October 15. This was the first event of its kind ever held in what was then known as the North West Territories. Edmonton’s first fair showcased locally produced livestock, grain, vegetables, and handiwork and attracted 500 people.

1893

Edmonton’s first spring exhibition.

1894

The main autumn exhibition exceeds 1,000 entries.

1899

Exhibition ground relocated to Rossdale Flats (now TELUS Field).

1901

Edmonton’s first summer fair.

1902

Dominion Day celebration and summer exhibition held jointly.

1903

First parade to promote Edmonton’s fair. The fair did not organize a community parade in the 30s and 40s.

1904

Fair attendance reaches 20,000. (Opening day attendance was 5,200.)

1908

City Council declared the afternoons of Edmonton’s two-day exhibition as civic holidays.

1910

First fair at the current Northlands Park site. Formerly known as Kirkness Lake. Fair attendance reaches 80,000.

1912

The fair becomes a six-day event. (It remained a six-day fair until 1967.)

1913

Opening of the Edmonton Gardens livestock building (Then Canada’s largest exhibition facility.)

1915
- 1918

Edmonton Exhibition Association makes all facilities available to the Canadian Army. (The fair was still held on-site during WWI.)

1919

Fair attendance surpasses 100,000 (111,710).

1929

50th anniversary of Edmonton’s first fair in 1879. Frank Oliver officially opened the fair at the original exhibition in 1879.

1940
- 1945

Edmonton Exhibition Association makes all facilities available to the Canadian Air Force. (The fair was still held on-site during WWII.)

1946

Fair attendance surpasses 200,000 (213,906).

1950

Fair attendance surpasses 300,000 (300, 056). First annual rodeo held in conjunction with the fair. Revival of the traditional annual parade.

1962

Klondike Days gold rush theme adopted.

1967

Fair attendance surpasses 400,000 (460,000). Establishment of Canada’s first legal casino (Klondike Days Casino).

1968

Fair attendance surpasses 500,000 (502,000).

1971

Fair attendance surpasses 600,000 (610,000).

1978

Fair attendance surpasses 700,000 (701,000).

1979

100th anniversary of Edmonton’s original 1879 exhibition.

1986

Northlands Park introduces the concept of an annual feature country international trade and cultural show to the North American fair industry.

1992

Edmonton’s Exposition has all-time record 10-day attendance of 776,125.

1995

Professional Chuckwagon racing reintroduced to Edmonton in the new $21 million Spectrum, after an absence of 42 years.

1997

Adult admission is reduced from $8 to $5; the first admission cost reduction in Northlands Park’s fair history. New all-time one-day attendance record set at 112,783 during the first Saturday.

1998

Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Yukon Gold Rush.

2000 Highest one-day attendance records broken:
- New all-time one-day attendance record set at 75,290 during the second Thursday.
- New all-time one-day attendance record set at 86,361 during the second Friday.
- New all-time one-day attendance record set at 94,543 during the second Saturday.
- The Fair achieves the second highest 10-day record attendance of 766,145.
2003 The 125th edition of Northlands Park’s annual summer fair takes place.
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