Capital Ex to be named K-Days (Poll)

 

 
 
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Janine Derenowsky, Hope Buswell,and Chloe Shmyrko enjoy the Crazy Mouse ride at Capital Ex on July 28, 2012.
 

Janine Derenowsky, Hope Buswell,and Chloe Shmyrko enjoy the Crazy Mouse ride at Capital Ex on July 28, 2012.

Photograph by: Greg Southam , Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - K-Days will replace Capital Ex as the new name for Edmonton’s summer fair, the CEO of Northlands announced to a crowd of hundreds at the fair Sunday afternoon.

Of the more than 51,000 votes cast in Northlands Name Your Fair contest, 38,762 were for K-Days, which is short for Klondike Days, said Richard Andersen, president and CEO.

“It’s really a brilliant choice,” said Andersen, who was initially surprised by the K-Days entry. “I think when you see how strongly people feel about their memories, they are resonating with the past and people are excited about looking to the future as well.”

The name K-Days easily surpassed runners up Edmonton Exhibition and EdFest. Edmonton Exhibition got 3,967 votes, and EdFest came in with just 3,253.

Andersen said it remains to be seen whether or not the Klondike Days theme will be revived. “Over the next 60 days, we’re going to get into a deep think ... and we’re going to evaluate how to best meet all the feedback we’ve heard,” said Andersen.

Chad Willsey, who put forth the winning K-Days entry, said he was surprised at the landslide victory.

“I’m just in shock right now,” he said after hearing the announcement at the Edmonton Exhibition Hall.

Others at the fairgrounds were pleased to hear the news.

“It should never have been changed. Klondike Days is our heritage,” said Randy Hannah, 50.

Danny Stamp, 49, agreed. “It’s about time,” he said. “This is more of an Edmonton thing.”

More than 51,000 Edmontonians weighed in to decide on the new name.

They were given six choices — K-Days, EdFest, Edmonton Exhibition, Edmonton Summer Exhibition, River City Festival and River City Summer Fair.

K-Days, the shortened form of Klondike Days, was replaced by Capital Ex in 2006, after serving as the fair’s name for 42 years. Prior to that, the fair had been called the Edmonton Exhibition since its founding in 1879.

Andersen said the renaming contest was about engaging people in the summer event.

Attendance at Capital Ex has been steadily declining since it hit a record high of 810,503 in 2005. Last year’s total was 713,546.

As of Saturday, revenue generated by the Capital Ex midway was down from what it has been in the last five years, but organizers were hoping for a turnaround in the fair’s final weekend.

“We’re off the mark a little bit but we’ve still got a few days left,” said Scooter Korek, spokesman for North American Midway, the travelling amusement park hired by Northlands.

Korek would not provide precise numbers, and Northlands has said it will not release attendance figures for this year’s fair until Monday.

makrishnan@edmontonjournal.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Janine Derenowsky, Hope Buswell,and Chloe Shmyrko enjoy the Crazy Mouse ride at Capital Ex on July 28, 2012.
 

Janine Derenowsky, Hope Buswell,and Chloe Shmyrko enjoy the Crazy Mouse ride at Capital Ex on July 28, 2012.

Photograph by: Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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