update – April 23, 2020

Edmonton, Alberta: It is with heavy hearts that Northlands announces that we are postponing the 141st K-Days, scheduled to take place July 17 – 26, 2020, until July, 2021 in response to COVID-19.

The decision follows increasing and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus in our region, to the point that we felt it would not be possible to mount the annual event.

Northlands President and CEO Peter Male says the decision was incredibly difficult, “we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed but we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.”

Northlands wishes to thank its many partners, stakeholders, vendors and participants for their ongoing support and would like to acknowledge the incredible contribution of the hundreds of volunteers who work on K-Days annually and thank them for their gift of time to the organization and city.

For more information about Northlands visit: Northlands.com.

update – March 24, 2020

These are uncertain times and as people across our city and around the world grapple with the magnitude of COVID-19.

The local, provincial, and federal governments, as well as many Albertans, are taking preventative measures to flatten the COVID-19 curve. At Northlands, our staff have been working from home in order to be able to practice social distancing, support their families, and still work hard on this year’s events.

We’re still in contact with our community partners, sponsors, and the hundreds of volunteers who help us throughout the year. We thank everyone who is helping the community in these trying times – from healthcare professionals and emergency services, to cleaning and garbage crews, to the frontline retail and grocery staff, as well as all the volunteers helping watch out for each other.

Right now, we’re in a climate of constant change, with new updates and changes happening daily. At Northlands, work is continuing on K-Days and our other events.

We hope to see you this July, so please take care of yourselves and one another.

Peter Male, Northlands

update – March 23, 2020 July is still a few months away, however, we’ve received many questions about K-Days 2020. As Edmonton’s summer fair, we know the joys that come from being on the midway, exploring the exhibit halls, and enjoying the favourite foods of the fair. We also know that these are uncertain times, and that people across our city and around the world are grappling with the magnitude of COVID-19. The local, provincial, and federal governments, as well as many Albertans, are taking preventative measures to flatten the COVID-19 curve. At Northlands, our staff has been working from home in order to be able to practice social distancing, support their families, and still work hard on this year’s festival. We have been monitoring the situation, supporting the suggested measures, and are optimistic K-Days 2020 will happen on schedule. We are currently opening the applications for the Edmonton Maker Faire and look forward to showcasing makers with the family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness for a second year. The annual K-Days Talent Show applications will be open soon, with an online application, so you can show off all the talents you’ve been working on in these times of social distancing. The team has also been working on our 2020 K-Days Music Festival announcement, knowing that we’ll all be looking forward to some fun concert experiences when it is safe to resume. We’re still in contact with our community partners, sponsors, and the hundreds of volunteers who help make K-Days possible. We know how difficult this time is for everyone and want to thank each and every person who is helping the community in these trying times – from healthcare professionals and emergency services, to cleaning and garbage crews, to the frontline retail and grocery staff, as well as all the volunteers helping watch out for each other. Right now, we’re in a climate of constant change, with new updates and changes happening daily. At Northlands, we are continuing to plan K-Days, and will make any required changes to our programming. We will prioritize everyone’s health and safety, while remaining positive about the summer ahead. We hope to see you this July, so please take care of yourselves and one another. – Peter Male, Northlands

update – March 16, 2020

Northlands, like the general public, is closely monitoring the impact that the coronavirus outbreak is having around the globe. As part of this, we are following guidance from the Ministry of Health and related agencies in Alberta and Canada as well as the World Health Organization and others in relation to travel and understanding potential risks to locations where people gather.

It is important to note that the risk in our region and in Canada is deemed to be low at this time.

As this situation evolves, we will continue to rely on guidance from government agencies and the World Health Organization will implement any recommendations or protocols related to our region.

If you are interested in learning more about COVID-19 in Alberta, the following are the best sources of information available:

Alberta Health Services – alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

World Health Organization (WHO) – who.int

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