Free fun for the kids at the Ex!

The Prince Albert Exhibition has a lot more to offer, post-pandemic, in terms of the free fun, entertainment, and even competition at this year’s version.

Although the traditional sewing and baking competitions are on a bit of a hiatus, the physical fun for kids to be able to compete exists.

“This has been running for quite a few years“ said Sally Dashchuk during the slight dry spell on Tuesday afternoon, when the Pedal Tractor Pull equipment was being tested out.

“Lawrence Bodner, he’s been kind of in charge, and we’ve been helping him out. We’re just doing a trial run with this to make sure everything’s working good.”

After going so many years without the Pedal Tractor Pull, Bodner said it was good to be back at it.

“It’s all for the little ones,” he explained. “We want them to be part of the fair: four and five year olds, six and seven year olds, and we’ve got tons of prizes for everyone.”

The event sponsor is Brandt Equipment, with prizes of many kinds (including a lot of toys) provided by Canadian Tire, Giant Tiger, Tim Hortons, and A & W. These are awarded out daily to the young competitors. The daily competitions take place in front of the main Exhibition Centre building.

However, if you are more interested in being entertained, there’s a whole myriad of acts performing in the Main Hall of the Exhibition Centre. On opening day, Sask Express had two musical theatre-like shows take place, one at 3 pm and the second starting at 5 pm. Another option is the always classic Petting Zoo, which was just getting set up Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re going to be bringing in some rabbits, and a couple of llamas,” zookeeper Doug Fairborn said. “Maybe we’ll be getting a couple of potbellied pigs as well.”

Daily gate admission is $15 for adults 20-64, Seniors 65+ and students 13-19 years old get in for $12, Children 7-12 get in for $10 each, and children 6 & under are free to enter the grounds, with their family. A family pass this year is $40 covering 2 adults and 2 student-aged and/or children 12 and under.

The Prince Albert Exhibition continues until Saturday.

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