Klondike Days, Capital EX, K-Days • Its Past & Present • But What About its Future?

Has Edmonton’s K-Days fair turned into a disappointment over the years?

EDMONTON — K-Days is a 10-day summer fair that occurs at the end of July in the capital city of Alberta every year.

The summer fair known as the Edmonton Exhibition in its founding year of 1879 received a name change to Klondike Days in 1962. At that time, attendance of the summer fair continued to grow stronger and stronger as each year passed.

Come 2005, Klondike Days reached over 800,000 attendees for the first time in its existence, but in 2006, that rate dropped to just over 688,000. In this same year, the summer fair’s name was changed again. This time, to Capital EX. Although some were for the change, excited to see the removal of the Klondike theme, many were very much against it.

Then, in 2014, Northlands decided that the Capital EX name already needed to come to an end – only surviving for 8 years, and so they made a poll available for the public to choose its new name. They gave a total of six choices. Those choices were: EdFest, The Edmonton Exhibition (its founding name from over 130 years ago), Edmonton Summer Exhibition, River City Festival, River City Summer Fair, and of course K-Days. There were initially over 2,000 name ideas submitted. And yes, as you’ve probably already assumed by now, K-Days is a shortened form of the Klondike Days name; the name officially given to the fair back in 1962.

Has K-Days gone downhill though?

One of the Shoutout Edmonton community members sent in an anonymous post on July 24th stating that K-Days has turned into a disappointment.

They go on saying that they took their kids to the K-Days parade this passed Friday, but were entirely displeased with the event as a whole.

They write:

Needless to say, the whole thing was pretty sucky! What happened to the candy they used to give out? And the clowns that would come around with balloons ‘n stuff? And the amazingly well thought out floats? Headed to fairgrounds afterwards and again, disappointed.Shoutout Edmonton, Anonymous user

It sounds like things have certainly fallen short this year as apposed to years prior.

They go on to say:

Not much going on in the way of kids’ fun in the shopping centre area. Petting zoo was about all they had. And $4 to jump in a jumpy castle?! Seriously?? What a rip-off and waste of time. K-days has gone way downhill. Not worth the gate entrance fee! Save your money folks and go to Disneyland!Shoutout Edmonton, Anonymous user

Do you feel the same way as this local? Many Edmontonians went on to like the status, and share their own stories about how K-Days has gotten less and less entertaining, or more and more expensive over the years.

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Debby V. writes in a comment:

K-Days has sucked since they took the theme out of it….What are these companies supposed to make a float of?? Just whatever I guess lol No Klondike Mike, no clowns…you know it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that you get kids excited about something and the parents will spend the money!! I want the old Klondike Days back….you know the one we actually used to look forward to!!!!Debby V.

The comment above received 38 “Likes”, which can basically be assumed to say that these people agree with what she had to say.

Others went on to say that people were leaving the K-Days parade early due to issues with large gaps between the entrants of the parade. They were having problems with timing, etc.

Here are a few more comments left by other locals who found themselves dissapointed:

Then there are some that had good things to say, or suggestions to make it better:

We would love to hear your opinions on the K-Days parade and the K-Days summer fair in and of itself. Do you attend every year or second year? Have you ever attended?

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EDITOR’S OPINION — I’ve personally attend K-Days once. I moved to Edmonton in 2013 and attended K-Days later that year. I quite enjoyed myself, however, keep in mind that I have nothing to compare it to, as I haven’t attended the K-Days parade, or any other K-Days fair prior to or after that one. I’ll be honest though, the group and I only stuck around for roughly two hours, so maybe that says something in and of itself.

IN CONCLUSION — This summer fair has been going strong now for 136 years. That is a pretty strong commitment to withhold. The yearly events that occur in Edmonton are growing in numbers every passing year. We are definitely the city of festivals, at least out here on the west coast of Canada. Oh, and we’re a city of champions too, no matter what anyone says.

In closing, here’s a fun comic by Edmonton’s Chad Huculak:


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K-Days 2016 comic // Chad Huculak
K-Days 2016 comic // Chad Huculak

Jody Mitoma

Founder of Edmonton Talks News.

4 COMMENTS

  • Vinh Phung
    July 27, 2016 at 3:36 PM
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    It use to be fun when I was a kid and a whole day of fun only cost me $40. But now that I have a family it seems to be getting worse. Maybe it is because I have to pay for more than just me. I have to pay for a family of 4 and just to get in costs just about $60. That does not include parking. When all said and done, you prob spend about $250-$300. Just getting too expensive.

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  • Connie Larson
    July 27, 2016 at 3:50 PM
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    To freaking expensive. I’m a family of 5 that’s close to $500 after admission. Rides and food plus games. No thanks. I would rather skip it and go to Disneyland

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  • Lexci Elizabeth
    July 27, 2016 at 5:34 PM
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    We went last night And it was pleasing. More expensive to get in than I thought ($17 per adult)

    I noticed it was much smaller than I remember.
    The Expo had mostly duplicated and triplicated shipping crate junk vendors. Not a lot of local designers and suppliers which is much prefer.
    It was also much smaller and poorly laid out than other years.

    The midway seemed smaller as well with more games than rides – but the food was a treat!

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