An average family can end up spending a lot on a day at the Saskatoon Exhibition.
For Krista and Nathan Folster, who have two sons, they spend around $200 each year.
“Under 10 is free which is still nice and once these two guys grow up to be teenagers they probably won’t want to go with us anymore,” Krista joked, adding that it’s a pretty manageable outing.
“It’s comparable to everything else you do with a family of four.”
The rides keep son Aiden coming back, while Ethan loves the games.
“Mom and Dad love the grandstand, so something for everybody,” Krista said.
Kristy Rempel, Marketing Manager with Praireland Park said they make things affordable by providing the $39.99 super pass, which includes gate admission and an unlimited ride wristband.
Paying at the gate for both those items costs $16 for adult admission and $49 for an unlimited ride wristband.
“Also all our shows are free once you can get in,” she said. “where else can you get a $16 concert?”
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James Lovell has a family of five and spent over $300 Saturday night.
“It gets expensive, but it’s alright,” he said. “It’s what you pay for when you have kids and want to go to the exhibition.”
Lovell said parking, ride bracelets, and food and drinks really add up.
“Don’t forget about the cotton candy and then the games are just a money pit,” he joked.
Lovell and his family doesn’t take many vacations, just a camping trip in the summer.
“The ex is our big thing every year,” he said.
Allie and Greg Kaminskas, with a family of six, say they spent over $400 for a day at the Ex.
“It’s worth the smiles on the kid’s faces,” Allie said. “We do stay away from the games because they’re the most expensive.”
The exhibition wraps up Sunday night at Praireland Park.