K-days officially kicked off its first of nine fun-filled days Saturday, which includes a trip to the past as well as a new thrill.

Northlands spokesperson, Lauren Andrews, explained the event would be honouring its history with 19th century gold panning with the ChilKoot Gold Mine.

“A lot of Edmontonians remember doing this when they were children,” she said.

“I grew up in Edmonton so this was my fair memory here at K-Days,” Andrews added.

However, the fair is also catering to modern-day thrill seekers with the new Mach-3 ride.

“It’s a 37-meter arm suspended in the air,” Andrews explained.

“It’s going to spin you around the Klondike Day grounds, Definitely not something you’re going to want to do if you had too many mini-donuts but if you’re a thrill seeker and an adrenaline  junkie that’s definitely you’re ride.”

Organizers said that the Mach-3 was just one of 48 rides in the midway, including 22 rides at the kids midway.

K-days runs until July 28.

With files from Jeff Harrington