Midway revenue down at Capital Ex
By Manisha Krishnan, Edmonton Journal
EDMONTON Revenue generated by the Capital Ex midway is down from what it has been in the last five years, but organizers are replica watches still 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.
Many of the replica watches game booths stood empty on a rainy Saturday afternoon and most lineups for the rides were short.
“I’m going to suggest that the weather could have cooperated a little more with us but we’re pretty hardy here in Western Canada, we’re a tough bunch. I think that people will still come out,” said Korek.
Korek would not provide precise numbers, and Northlands has said it will replica watches not release attendance figures for this year’s fair until Monday.
Attendance at Capital Ex has been steadily declining since it hit a record high of 810,503 in 2005. In 2008, the organization decided to keep the attendance figures confidential but reversed that decision following public backlash. Last year’s total was 713,546. at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
Members of the public were asked to vote for their favourite among the choices EdFest, the Edmonton Exhibition, Edmonton Summer Exhibition, K Days, River City Festival and River City Summer Fair. Northlands staff said the top three contenders are EdFest, the Edmonton Exhibtiton and K Days in no particular order.
Nancy Spencer, who was at the carnival with her four children, said K Days should be reinstated. The title was scrapped six years ago after a four decade run.
“It loses its originality when they change the name,” said Spencer.
“Calgary has The Stampede every year, they don’t change it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
One of the most s replica watches uccessful new features at this year’s fair was The Nitro, a 160 foot by 65 foot roller coaster that Korek called “a home run” in terms of its popularity.
Thrill rides and games were the main attraction for Nico Manalo, 40, who was carting around several bags filled with stuffed animals including a giant, red bear that he won shooting an air gun.
“I’ve been playing this game for three years and I just won it today because I studied it on Google,” he said, laughing.
Food choices at Capital Ex included everything from cotton candy and caramel apples to deep fried Oreos and cricket topped pizza.
But 19 year old China Fitzmaurice said she would like to see healthier options in the future.
“It’s all greasy and the prices are high,” she said, while chowing down on a corn dog.
The sun did peek out from beneath the clouds as dozens of fairgoers gathered to take in a concert by The Stars of Beatlemania on the Telus Stage Saturday afternoon.
Beatles fan Darren Ranger, 51, said he thought the band performed well, although he wished the show went on for a bit longer. In the future he hopes to see bigger acts at the festival.