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Saskatoon EX set-up right on schedule

Carousels are getting their horses, trains are getting their tracks and concession stands are filling with food today as crews prepare for the Saskatoon EX.
"Today's when everything happens on the park," Director of Events Carl Schlosser said Monday. Around 200 people are working to shine up and test out the attractions.
This is the final full day for preparation before an expected crowd of 30,000 flows in tomorrow. Prairieland Park along with the North American Midway are quickly getting everything where it needs to be.

PHOTOS: Queen City Ex draws to a close

The midway is packing up, the mainstage is dark and the mini-doughnuts are gone for another year, as the Queen City Ex wrapped up on Sunday night.

Attendance dropped five per cent from 2013, with 199,095 people coming through the gates. Heavy rain on Friday night likely contributed to the slightly lower numbers.

"For the first time in the history of the Queen City Ex we had to cancel a concert," said Event Coordinator Josh Shaw, referring to Bret Michaels. "(But) we wanted to make sure that everybody was safe."

Concentrated is better at Fringe Fest

Saskatoon residents like their Fringe Festival the way they like their juice, concentrated.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the performance art festival prides itself on staying condensed along the small strip of Broadway Avenue.

Buskers, vendors, food carts, and six theatre venues pack the road sides and intersections, creating a cozy but lively atmosphere.

It's a contrast to the larger Edmonton and Winnipeg fringes, where festival goers may have to drive across the city to the various venues.

Life on the road with the midway

The Queen City Ex is all fun and games for visitors but for hundreds of people it's also their place of work.

Luke was employed at a law office in Alberta before choosing to hit the road with the travelling fair. He is now working at the plate smash game, where people can win prizes by hitting plates with a baseball.

On Thursday afternoon not many people were stepping up to the plate.

"So far it's been quiet but it always picks up at night.  Seems like the people who like to break things always come out later at night," said Luke. 

A few scrapes and bruises at Queen City Ex

Saint John's Ambulance volunteers are helping people feel better and get back on the rides at the Queen City Ex.
Superintendent Mary Walters says so far it's been pretty quiet at the first aid center.
"We have had a few scrapes and falls and bruises. Some have felt the heat so they come in and they lay down, have a rest."
Walters has volunteered at the Ex for 48 years. Looking back at all the summers spent at the Ex, one particular medical emergency sticks out in her mind. A man had an unusual cut on his back.

Fringe brings back 'Best of the Fest' for 25th anniversary

Broadway Avenue will be filled with street performers, buskers and craft vendors this week as the Fringe Theatre Festival celebrates 25 years in Saskatoon.

The birthday celebration kicks off Wednesday night with a preview event at the Broadway Theatre. The street festival starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and runs until Aug. 9.
This year, all theatrical performances will be held only in the evenings in order to make the shows more accessible, according to organizer Colin Grant. He said it's hard to know which of the 33 plays will garner the most attention.

Sask. film searches Lake Diefenbaker for sacred stone

For thousands of years, the Buffalo Child Stone was a sacred gathering place for aboriginal groups on the Saskatchewan prairies. Now, a Saskatoon filmmaker is documenting his search for what remains of the controversial boulder that was blown apart and submerged in water nearly 50 years ago.

What to expect at the Queen City Ex

There are two things to salivate over this week: the warm, sunny weather and the midway food.

Vendors have arrived at Evraz Place and are preparing to open on Wednesday for Queen City Ex which runs through the weekend.

It's not the right place to start a diet, with a wide variety of delicious treats on the menu and a much smaller or non-existent healthy selection.

"It's amazing! There's deep fried pies. There's deep fried chocolate bars, deep fried Oreos. Absolutely everything is deep fried down here," said the event coordinator Josh Shaw.

GALLERY: Cosplay couples cavort at Saskatoon Blitz

In the packed space of Hall A at Prairieland Park, Casie Chang and Matthew Pechey stop and pose for what must be the hundredth photo of the day.

Pechey, sporting a white lab coat and bushy beard, and Chang, in a white wedding dress with a pink wig and flower headpiece were dressed as Doctor Krieger and his virtual girlfriend from the popular adult cartoon, Archer.

"Legal first name is Doctor. I'm not actually a doctor," Pechey, 20, quips as he strokes his fake beard.

Corner Gas sing-a-long in Rouleau

Corner Gas fans gathered in Rouleau on Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TV show.
The Ruby and the Corner Gas station were open for public tours and stars Brent Butt and Fred Ewanuick attended the Dog River Days event, taking pictures and signing autographs.
Ewanuick, who plays Hank, said it can be weird meeting fans.
"They speak to you like you're buddies and I go 'oh god I went to school with this person and I can't remember their name, and then oh okay okay you watch the show.'" 

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