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Puppets and jugglers and live births, oh my!

Visitors at Fort Edmonton Park got a little extra life education at the opening weekend Spring Carnival.


Visitors at Fort Edmonton Park got a little extra life education at the opening weekend Spring Carnival.


One of the park’s sheep, known as Big Momma, gave birth to triplet lambs, two males and one female, only an hour after the park opened, yesterday.


Workers ran to get farm workers to aid in the birth as shocked and curious visitors sat on the sidelines.


“She was overdue, so we knew it was coming any day,” said Katie Thaller, one of the Teamster workers.
Thaller said though while this wasn’t the first time Big Momma has given birth to triplets, it was the first time that visitors got an eyeful of the event.


“She usually gives birth a week before the park opens.”


Outside of live births, everything from stilt walkers, jugglers and puppet shows were on display as part of the opening weekend carnival.


Lines stretched from the front gates to the drive-up park entrance.


“The crowds have been fantastic. [There will be] close to 4,500 people,” said Jaclyn Purpur, Special Events Coordinator, of the two-day total for Sunday and yesterday.


Some of the newer features include an old fashioned candy shop in the 1920’s Midway portion of the park and a recreated Avro Avian biplane.


The recreated plane was the same as the one that famous pilot Wilfrid “Wop” May flew during the 1929 Fort Vermillion mercy mission where he and a co-pilot flew from Edmonton in -30 Celsius weather to deliver medicine.


Fort Edmonton Park is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 
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