New look including security, admission, parking and more at the 2019 Whoop-Up Days presented by South Country Co-Op August 20 – 24, 2019

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Lethbridge, AB – Lethbridge Exhibition Park is pleased to unveil additional details on the new look and experiences at the 2019 Whoop-Up Days presented by South Country Co-Op.

PARADE

Whoop-Up Days 2019 kicks off on Tuesday, August 20th at 10:00 a.m. with the annual Parade. In support of the Boulet family, this year’s honorary parade marshals, parade participants and spectators are encouraged to wear green. Spectators wearing green along the parade route will have the chance to win general admission tickets to Whoop-Up Days.

FAMILY / COMMUNITY DAY

Family Day returns on Wednesday, August 21 and features special discounted pricing. General admission tickets are $5.00 before 5:00 p.m. and a $25.00 ride wristband will be available for purchase on site at the West Coast Amusement ticket booth until 1:00 p.m.

GROUNDS LAYOUT

The first thing guests are sure to notice upon arriving at the 2019 Whoop-Up Days is the new layout. On-site parking is now located outside of the fairgrounds security perimeter. As such the purchase of parking and admission tickets will be separate transactions. 

PARKING

On-site parking will be very limited and offered in the north lot of Exhibition Park accessible via the Parkside Dr. S and 34 St. S intersection. Available for $5 per vehicle, parking will open 15-minutes prior to gates and honoured on a first-come first-served basis. 

ENTRY GATES & ADVANCE TICKETS

Two main entry gates located at the north and south entrances of Exhibition Park will serve as the security and entry points to the Whoop-Up Days Fairgrounds.

Entry gates can be directly accessed by those with advanced tickets which are available at whoopupdays.ca.

For those planning to purchase tickets on-site, admission booths will be located east of each entry gate and will open 15 minutes prior to gates. We ask that guests please plan accordingly and allow for potential wait times when purchasing on-site tickets.

STAGEX

The Fairstone Financial Premium Experiences have SOLD OUT for both Walk Off The Earth (Aug. 22) and Arkells (Aug. 23). Combined with Moonlight Madness, Thursday, August 23 is poised to be one of the largest nights in Whoop-Up Days records. General admission tickets grant access into the StagEX festival site and offer a fantastic concert viewing environment. Guests are encouraged to join the party and get their tickets at whoopupdays.ca.

ROAD CLOSURE / ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

To maximize the overall safety of our guests, the east portion of Parkside Drive South will be closed in both northbound and southbound directions for the duration of the

Whoop-Up Days Family Festival to accommodate the potential need for emergency exiting.

Guests are encouraged to ride-share, utilize pedestrian access, the Lethbridge Transit service or take advantage of the FREE park-and-ride shuttle service from the Enmax Centre.

For additional information on city transit or the free park-and-ride shuttle service, visit http://whoopupdays.ca/getting-here/

NEW SECURITY MEASURES

Exhibition Park is dedicated to the protection and safety of our guests, artists, exhibitors and staff. New security measures have been implemented which include bag check stations, metal detectors and security screening. All persons, bags, parcels, clothing and other items may be subject to screening/security checks.

Non-permitted & items with sentimental value should be kept at home, stored in a vehicle, or can be voluntarily surrendered at the entry gates prior to admittance to the Whoop-Up Days Fairgrounds. Please note there is no on-site check-in or storage services.

Guests are encouraged to only pack what is needed and ensure they have read through the prohibited items list, available under the Terms of Entry at whoopupdays.ca. (See Attachment #1: Terms of Entry)

Additionally, guests are encourage to plan accordingly for possible additional wait times as we process guests through the bag check and security stations.

CANNABIS

As the legalization of cannabis is new all of us, we have been closely monitoring other Canadian fairs and summer music festivals both for their regulations on cannabis and how such regulations were abided by and enforced during the events. After consulting with these industry partners, the Alberta Gaming Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC) and the Lethbridge Police Service we have developed the policy below which aims to ensure the safety, security, comfort and enjoyment of all of our guests.

CANNABIS POLICY

The use, sale, growth and preparation of cannabis (indoors or outdoors) on Exhibition Park owned, operated or leased property is prohibited except as explicitly authorised by this policy.

The possession of cannabis products or paraphernalia is permitted on Exhibition Park owned, operated or leased property in accordance with Lethbridge municipal and Alberta provincial by-laws and legislation.

Cannabis consumption is only permitted:

  • At the Whoop-Up Days StagEX Designated Cannabis Use Areas which opens nightly at 6:30 p.m. (See Attachment #2: StagEX Map)
  • At such other temporary locations as may be approved by way of written special permission of Exhibition Park (Chief Executive Officer) and there is no appeal of that decision.

At no time, is the consumption of cannabis permitted on the Whoop-Up Days midway or any other location on the grounds, with the exception of the above mentioned exceptions. Exhibition Park reserves the right to eject anyone who is in violation of this policy.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

WEBSITE

All event related information, including advance tickets, Terms of Entry, grounds maps, entertainment lineup and more can be found at whoopupdays.ca

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Exhibition Park is committed to bringing Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta region together through Agriculture, Entertainment and Commerce. As the region continues to evolve and grow, our ability to adapt to the changing environment reflects that commitment.

 

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