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C2 RED DEER ADVOCATE Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Westerner breaks all-time record

METAL WORK PART OF FINE CRAFT SERIES AT RDC Matthew Hansen concentrates while pounding out a piece of copper during a creative metalsmithing class. The class is one of several art and fine craft workshops being held at the Red Deer College as part of “Series”. Photo by CYNTHIA RADFORD/ Advocate Staff

Red Deer residents are invited to Get the Scoop on what a northside regional community centre could look, feel and function like during a session on Wednesday. The information session will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at G.H. Dawe Community Centre at 56 Holt St. Stop in, learn about the project, and have a free ice cream, too. The City of Red Deer is holding the session. “We want residents to come out and talk to us about the types of uses and program spaces they want to see,” said Pauline Mousseau, city neighbourhood community development co-ordinator. “Over the past few years, we’ve had several conversations with key stakeholders and now we want to build on that conversation and ensure we’re moving in the

Lacombe delegation to visit sister city A delegation from the City of Lacombe is making a special trip to their sister town in Japan to celebrate 25 years of partnership. Eight representatives from the Central Alberta community left for Rikubetsu on Sunday to celebrate the quarter-century of relationships between the communities. The event was planned for last year but was delayed due to last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Representatives include resi-

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dents from the city, members of Lacombe and District Rikubetsu Friendship Society and city Councillor Grant Creasey. President of the friendship society, Kelly Holyoak, said the delayed celebration has been anxiously anticipated and will help strengthen the long history of international friendship. Lacombe erected a torii at Bruns Pond Park last fall to commemorate the occasion. The torii is a symbol of Shinto religion that represents a gateway to nature’s landscape. As part of the relationship between the communities, Rikubetsu sends a delegation of students and chaperones to Lacombe annually. To date, 400 people from Rikubetsu have visited Lacombe. A total of 79 people in 11 delegations have gone from Lacombe to Rikubetsu. Creasey said the visit helps confirm the importance of the relationship with their twin town. “We appreciate the Town of Rikubetsu’s commitment in sending a delegation annually, and feel it is important to have a local group visit Japan in order to maintain the connections and friendships that have been established over the years.”

The Westerner Days Fair and Exposition has broken the all-time attendance record in its 121st year. Attendance at the 2012 Westerner Days hit 102,665 people — a new cumulative record for the event that ran for five days, ending Sunday. “We are ecstatic,” Westerner Park marketing manager Erin Gobolos said on Monday. The previous alltime record for the ‘WE WORKED five-day event was REALLY HARD 93,965, set in 2011. The new record is a OVER THE LAST 9.25 per cent increase COUPLE OF YEARS over the 2011 Westerner Days attendance. It TO BUILD UP OUR is estimated that the ENTERTAINMENT fair generated a gross AND OUR VENUES economic impact of $7.3 million. TO CREATE A MORE “The weather plays WELCOMING a huge factor in our overall numbers and ATMOSPHERE. . .WE we had great weather DID A BETTER JOB this year, it was really consistent,” Gobolos AT ATTRACTING said. PEOPLE TO RED “We worked really hard over the last couDEER THIS YEAR ple of years to build up THAN WE HAVE IN our entertainment and our venues to create a THE PAST.’ more welcoming atmo— WESTERNER PARK sphere for our patrons MARKETING MANAGER and we did a better job ERIN GOBOLOS at attracting people to Red Deer this year than we have in the past.” Friday saw the best attendance with 22,492 people converging on Westerner Park. The previous daily record for Friday was 24,302, set in 2005. The attendance numbers are compiled by gate receipts, which are counted daily, Gobolos said. “We have great staff and volunteer base and everyone came together and pulled off such a great event.” Detailed statistics, including 2012’s economic impact, will be calculated in the next two months. Here are the daily attendance figures, with 2011 figures in brackets: ● Wednesday: 15,395 (11,956) ● Thursday: 21,920 (21,974) ● Friday: 22,492 (14,855) ● Saturday: 21,517 (26,825) ● Sunday: 21,341 (18,355) jjones@reddeeradvocate.com

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Red Deer Advocate, July 24, 2012  

July 24, 2012 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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July 24, 2012 edition of the Red Deer Advocate