Western Fair officials are calling this year’s event a success, but won’t reveal how many people passed through the gates over the course of the 10 day fair.
For the first time, the fair is not announcing how many people made their way to the fall fair.
Fair manager Kris Dinel said attendance this year was in the same ball park as last year’s number, which was roughly 170,000.
“We don’t report our attendance publicly. Attendance is just one of the ways we measure the event, and it feels on par with previous years.”
Dinel added that plans are already in the works for next year’s fair, including bringing in new rides and entertainment acts.
“Feedback around the change in schedule closing on Monday and Tuesday and adding some hours, opening earlier on weekends, it went over well,” said Dinel. “Our target demographic is families, and that seemed to work better in people’s busy lives.”
This year’s fair had a lot to compete with, as Airshow London returned to the skies and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards were held at Budweiser Gardens.