Edmonton’s Capital EX wrapped up yesterday. Sharon and I visited on Thursday evening and had a good time. Today Northlands released the attendance numbers, and though slightly lower than previous years, the ten-day festival still recorded an impressive 717,966 visits. I had been looking forward to the final numbers, so that I could compare it with previous years.
Here are the attendance numbers for the last ten years (you can download the raw data below):
Though much of the data is missing, I was able to track down some numbers going all the way back to 1879:
After getting this information, I decided to compare it to the population of Edmonton for the same time periods. Here is the comparison for the last ten years:
And the same comparison starting in 1879:
A couple things to note about the data in this post:
- The event changed from Klondike Days (adopted in 1962) to Capital EX in 2006. This explains the large drop that year.
- The event was a six-day fair from 1912 to 1967, and a ten-day fair thereafter (I think, certainly for the last 20 years or so it has been). I haven’t adjusted the figures for this.
- The population data, which comes from the City of Edmonton, doesn’t account for surrounding communities.