The Queen City Exhibition starts next week and organizers are excited about a few new features.
President and CEO of Regina Exhibition Associated Limited Tim Reid says this year the fair will be going back to its roots by adding a rodeo and will also be partnering with the Riders.
Reid says another fun, new event will be an eSports tournament. “We’re in the sports and entertainment business and eSport is going to be at the heart of our future. Investing in this opportunity and partnership with the Hotel Association is not only bringing world class gamers to our city, but it’s also bringing great notoriety and awareness. I think eSports is here to stay.”
Reid says this is a great way to reinvest and renew the fair.
Both REAL and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are excited to be teaming up as well, especially with a home game scheduled in the middle of exhibition week.
Anyone with a Riders ticket to the August 1st game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will get into the exhibition for free that day. Reid says it will be a great day as patrons will be able to take in three concerts and a home game that day with Tom Cochrane playing at the exhibition in the afternoon, the half-time show at the game and April Wine scheduled to close out the night.
With all this excitement, there have been concerns raised about game-day parking. Riders President Craig Reynolds says this is one of the first things that was thought of and they will be able to accommodate all paid parking on-site. “We have to move around some of our staff and some of our players but there will be more communication going out to our fans later this week and later next week. We can accommodate all the parking on-site, it will just be slightly moved to accommodate the fair.”
Fair food is always a topic when talking about an exhibition.
Queen City Exhibition organizers say after hearing complaints about no pierogis last year, this year they have invented a special pierogi based item.
REAL CEO Reid says the “Prairie Stack” features pierogis and sausage. “It will be rolled in everything from green onions to bacon bits and sour cream and perhaps maple syrup. You dress it the way you want and it will be on the midway.”
If you’re looking for good food at #QCX next week, try a prairie stack! Pierogis, sausage, toppings and maple syrup. Truely Saskatchewan. It will also be helping the local food bank pic.twitter.com/oHzb9852ZA
— Mackenzie Read (@read_mackenzie) July 24, 2019
“We are also very excited to announce that we will also be partnering with the food bank,” Reid adds. “So we are going to see how many Prairie Stacks someone can eat in a very short period of time and for every Prairie Stack that is eaten, we will make a donation to the food bank.”
QCX will run from July 31st to August 4th.