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K-Days 2013 In Edmonton Draws Huge Crowds; New Name A Success

07/29/2013 09:08 EDT | Updated 07/29/2013 09:16 EDT

Thousands of people came out to enjoy the newly renamed K-Days fair in Edmonton, with the attendance record breaking that of last year.

More than 781,743 people attended K-Days this year, while 740,339 attended in 2012.

It is the second highest attendance for the ten-day fair in the past 13 years, with the highest being 810,503 in 2005, the Edmonton Journal reports.

“We’ve heard from many Edmontonians that this year’s fair was the best yet and are thrilled that our community is so engaged in the festival they hold near and dear to their hearts," said Richard L. Andersen, CEO of Northlands, the founding exhibition group which has hosted K-Days since 1879.

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Previously known as Klondike Days (and then a much-ignored re-brand as Captial EX), the fair returned to its former nickname of K-Days this year.

The name Capital EX did not resonate with community, said Andersen, and renaming the fair meant giving Edmontonians a change to re-engage with the fair.

“We said before, K-Days was more than a name. Our community told us they wanted a summer festival they could call their own," he added.

Edmonton's largest summer festival had 10 days of music, rides and traditional midway food offerings. Performing artists included Burton Cummings, Carly Rae Jepsen, Classified and The Tea Party, among others.