2018 Whoop-Up Days Family Festival

Dates & Times:
August 21st - 25th, 2018

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  • Saturday, 25th — North Pavilion, 8–11 AM
  • Wednesday, 22nd — Downtown, 10 AM – 3 PM

COMMUNITY EVENTS &Business Decorating Contest — Aug 21–25
  • Breakdasts, BBQ's, Street Dances
  • Visit exhibitionpark.ca to get your activities posted for no charge

Whoop-Up Days Business Decorating Contest
  • Exhibition Park invites all Lethbridge businesses to join in the fun and excitement of Whoop-Up Days August 21-25, 2018 with our Community Spirit decorating contest.
  • To enter the Whoop-Up Days Decorating contest, complete the submission form at www.exhibitionpark.ca and return it to Exhibition Park no later than Friday July 28.
  • All entries receive 6 WUDs gate passes, winners in each category receive an additional 10 WUDs passes.
  • If you have any questions, please call Lisa Ludwig at Exhibition Park at 403-328-4491.

PARADE — Tue, Aug 21 10 AM 
  • Runs downtown Lethbridge.
  • Rotary in Lethbridge is a proud record of fun, fellowship and fundraising, and of people support and development. It’s sharing and caring and making positive differences in our community through the years and in the lives of those around us by a Club who believes in putting SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

BUDWEISER BASH —Tue, Aug 21 7 PM — Pioneer Park Gas King Stage
  • The Sheepdogs— Tue, Aug 21 8:30 PM –  | Trends come and go, styles fall in and out of fashion, but The Sheepdogs remain steadfast in their commitment to rock n’ roll excellence. Since their inception, the band has always sought to play the kind of music they themselves love: “Pure, simple, good-time music,” as singer/guitarist Ewan Currie puts it. It’s no surprise, then, that the band’s fifth LP, Future Nostalgia, is firmly rooted in the rock tradition that listeners have come to expect from the boys.
  • Joey Landreth —Tue, Aug 21 7 PM | Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. At twenty-five Joey joined forces with his older brother as they worked on their first independent project The Bros. Landreth. The band was immediately successful, winning a JUNO with their first album, among other awards across multiple genres.

THE ROAD HAMMERS— Wed, Aug 22 8 PM — Pioneer Park Gas King Stage
  • The highest selling Canadian country band in history, The Road Hammers, are back with a new record, The Squeeze, a compilation of tracks that epitomizes what the band has become known for – a truly synergistic blend of classic rock meets country.

One Hit Wonders Music Trivia – Wed, Aug 22 7–10 PM 
  • One Hit Wonders music trivia and tunes. Presented by DJB EntertainmentPrizes to be won!7–10 PM 

PRISM — Thu, Aug 24 8 PM
  • NASA chose Prism’s “Spaceship Superstar” as the official song aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during its historic final flight, which speaks to Prism’s ongoing popularity, even in outer space! Meanwhile, back on earth:
  • They’ve sold millions of albums, with songs that have become radio standards – Spaceship Superstar, Take Me to the Kaptin, Flying, Armageddon, Take Me Away, Young & Restless, Night to Remember, Don’t Let Him Know among them. Prism itself is classic rock.
  • With two Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy) for Album & Group of the Year, multi-platinum albums and a continuing legacy of sold-out shows, Prism is a must-see live attraction. The band rocks out the hits more energetically than ever, thrilling audiences nationwide.
  • Founding member Al Harlow’s showmanship drives Prism forward with award-winning alumni Gary Grace, Tad Goddard and Marc Gladstone’s brilliant performances of the trademark Prism sound.
  • Every day across the country, radio is playing the many Prism classics. Combine unstoppable world-class concerts, and the best may be yet to come.

RYAN LINDSAY— Thu, Aug 24 7–10 PM
  • The Ryan Lindsay Live Band, Performing Original and cover country party tunes 7–10 PM

BUCKING &BARRELS — Thu, Aug 24 7:30 PM
  • Bucking & Barrels Pro CAN AM Challenge – Opening Night!
  • Don’t miss night ones action of Bucking &Barrels in the Exhibition Park Grandstand.
  • 16 pro Canadians face off against 16 pro Americans 4vs4 in each event.

HARLEQUIN —Fri, Aug 24 8 PM
  • Harlequin was originally formed in the mid-seventies. After several demos and trips to Toronto, Harlequin was finally discovered playing in a tiny bar in Toronto by representatives of Jack Douglas, legendary producer of Aerosmith, Patti Smith and John Lennon. Ironically, the scouts for Douglas’company had actually intended to see Goddo, the band playing downstairs, but were turned away due to a sold old show. Instead they retired upstairs to a much smaller bar – only to be blown away by the band, playing a high-energy set of strong original songs for only a handful of people. This chance meeting led to a production deal with Douglas.
  • The band proceeded to amaze everyone at the label by pushing the first release Victim of a Song (1979) to gold status through sheer hard work, incessant touring, word of mouth and solid song-writing. Songs like “Sweet Things In Life”, “You Are The Light” and “Survive” introduced the band to radio in many markets in Canada –especially Western Canada.
  • The second release, Love Crimes (1980), came with a bigger push from the label, and went on to go Platinum, powered in part by Harlequin’s biggest hit to date “Innocence”. Another track, “Thinking Of You”, became a staple of rock radio and a highlight of the live show.

NAME THAT LVIE TUNE— Fri, Aug 24 7–10 PM — Heritage Hall
  • Name that Song Performed live by Riffraf, a fun time for all guessing tunes and causing shenanigans for extra points!Prizes to be won!7–10 PM

BUCKING & BARRELS — Fri, Aug 24 7:30pm
  • 2018 Bucking & Barrels Pro Can-Am Challenge. Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Bull Riding & Ladies Barrel Racing at The EX during Whoop-Up Days August 23, 24, 25.

LEE AARON & HELIX — Sat, Aug 25 7:00pm — Pioneer Park Gas King   
  • Lee Aaron –Sat, Aug 25 8:30pm To sum up Lee Aaron’s career in one paragraph is near impossible. This legendary rock diva started out singing jazz and Broadway standards in musical theatre in the Toronto suburbs, hanging out in music class after school, practicing and picking the brains of her instructors. By 15 she had formed a rock band, singing, playing keyboards and sax, and began playing all-ages shows. While still in her teens, she wrote and recorded her debut, 1982’s The Lee Aaron Project. Featuring some of Canada’s most notable talent at the time (Triumph/Moxy) the LP was released on Polygram in Europe and garnered a feature in Britain’s Kerrang! magazine. That was followed with an appearance at 1983’s Reading Festival, where she blew away fans and critics alike with her powerhouse vocals and vibrant stage energy. In 1984 she released Metal Queen. The album’s title track, a hard driving anthem about female empowerment, catapulted Aaron to iconic status in the rock world.
  • HELIX – Sat, Aug 25 7:00pm |  2010 sees the release of Helix’s 14th studio CD entitled “Vagabond Bones” featuring the re-united original 80’s line-up of Greg “Fritz” Hinz, Brent “The Doctor” Doerner, Daryl Gray, and Brian Vollmer, along with newcomer shredder Kaleb Duck. The CD contains nine previously unreleased studio tracks, one of which features a duet between Brian and Russ Graham of The Killer Dwarfs on the song “Hung Over But Still Hanging In.”

RYAN LINDSAY — Sat, Aug 25 7:00-10:oopm
  • The Ryan Lindsay Live Band, Performing Original and cover country party tunes 7–10 PM

BUCKING &BARRELS  FINALS — Sat, Aug 25 7:30pm
  • Bucking & Barrels Pro CAN AM Challenge – FINALS!Winner takes all the prize money in each event and cumulative totals are added crowning the 2018 Bucking & Barrels champions!

ADVANCE TICKETS to Whoo-Up Days are on sale at GasKing in Lethbridge, Picture Butte, Medicine Hat

Complete event details can be found at www.exhibitionpark.ca

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