Northlands can blame the weather for part of the reduced attendance at K-Days this year, but only part.Attendance was also off more than 100,000 (13 per cent) from last year because the event is growing lame. It generates little buzz beyond the fairgrounds. There aren’t many community breakfasts any longer. Few stores decorate their windows and storefronts. Edmontonians no longer wear costumes. It is the rare company that hosts a party.Except for parade day, you could go downtown and not be aware, at all, that K-Days was on.Our summer-that-isn’t certainly didn’t help. As event organizers pointed out, the best-attended day each year is typically the final Saturday. And the ideal temperature is 25C to 28C. Yet this year the skies opened up with a deluge on Saturday afternoon and the temperature hovered around 16C. No doubt, a lot of potential attendees decided to do something drier and warmer instead.It’s no fun trying to play arcade games or ride the roller coaster in a downpour. (Remember, though, Calgary had three near-washouts on consecutive nights during Stampede and still managed to attract 1.3 million visitors – twice the number of K-Days.)Frankly, time is passing over amusement-only fairs like K-Days, because they are the same old thing year after year.Sure, Northlands and its midway providers try hard to think up special attractions and foods to tempt fairgoers every summer. However, octopus-on-a-stick ain’t gonna bring in an extra 100,000 people.Without an anchor event (like the stampede in Calgary), the biggest reason to go to K-Days is the midway. Yet in an age when so many people have been to the big Disney, Universal, Wonderland and Six Flags amusement parks, our little 10-day summer show pales.Northlands’ constant rebranding of the event hasn’t helped, either. First it was Klondike Days, then Capital Ex and now K-Days. But axing the Klondike connection was a mistake. Now there is no unifying theme around which to organize smaller events around town that feed into Northlands.And there’s no feature country exhibition like there used to be. And no headline concerts.Northlands needs to give K-Days a thorough rethink.