Right: Crosshair Springs mule team won first place in the parade's Horse Category. Photo submitted
Wild and flashy entertainment captivated thousands of people during the Colonial Days Fair in Lloydminster from July 11 – 14.
The fair began with the parade on July 11, and the Crosshairs Springs mule team was happy to drive through the streets after placing 1st in the Horse Category. Children were enthralled with a midway, lots of games and activities, and a petting zoo. Throughout the week, spectators enjoyed livestock and agricultural shows including a heifer classic, all bred beef, classic steer stake, light horse, team sorting, draft horse halter, interprovincial draft horse pull, draft horse hitch, a gymkhana, team roping, sheep show, and miniature horse show. Visitors enjoyed sampling fair food as well and seeing the many vendors at the tradeshow. The crowd roared through grandstand performances of monster trucks, bulls and bikes, and a demolition derby which were easily a few of the highlights. Musical entertainment scheduled included lively outdoor performances by Snake Oil, the Hunter Brothers, Trooper, and George Canyon. A downpour on July 13, left the Trooper show cancelled, so some of the crowd opted to stay indoors at the Stockade building for local entertainment by the Kenny Mac Band. Closing the fair on July 14, the audience gathered to watch an impressive fireworks show.