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Aug 30 2019

EMFEST 2019!

What a huge success. It was an amazing weekend filled with fun, family and friends. An event for all ages!

Friday night kicked off with The Bonfire Jamboree at the main beach. Thanks to our fire master, Zach Banda, and to all our talented attendees for coming out and jamming.

Saturday morning was our delicious pancake breakfast, thank you to our volunteers Barb and Trevor Cross, Deanna Herman, Larry and Brenda Buddecke, Marc Rochette, Tammy Sheppard and Oliver Mollberg. Everyone left with happy hearts and full tummies. We had about 100 people in attendance.

As well on Saturday was highly anticipated kids fun day! This included all the races, slip n slide, sandcastle building contest and watermelon eating contest. Huge thanks to Lesley Weiman for organizing the fun day. Big thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it happen, Paul Weiman, Roberta and Bruce Mansell, Jessica Mansell, Rowan Mansell, Stella Mansell, Barb and Trevor Cross, Tammy Sheppard, Tracey and Sean Grey, Nichole Mollberg and Leanne Eddy. Thanks!

Saturday was also the start of the 50/50 ticket sales and the silent auction. We had tons of wonderful donations from our corporate sponsors, Sasktel, SaskPower, Innovation Place, Tait Insurance, Innovation Credit Union, Affinity Credit Union, Woodland Pharmacy, Agro Coop and our Leaseholders and campers in the park. Thank you for all the beautiful donations.

Sunday was our beach volleyball tournament. There was tons of tough competition out on the court. Thank you to the Parenteau family for score keeping throughout the whole tournament and Daryl Oshanek for officiating the final. Thanks to all the teams, Set Joel, Emerald Lakers, Nameless, The Spicy Schnarps, New Kids on the Block, Vajj Balls, Main Beaches, Setting ducks, Harms & Friends and Super Dave for participating, loved the spirit and the team names. Special shout out to Cool 32 and The #CityBoiz for battling it out in the final. The #CityBoiz took home the cup, merch and the cash prize of $300! Congratulations Savanna Bowley, Tana Thiessen, Ryan Andres, Anthony Lapierre, Luke Lapierre, Connor Dembrowski and Jonah Bumphrey!

Along side the tournament was our Beer Gardens sponsored by Blaine Lake Liquor, Hardware and Variety! Thank you, Krystal and Ryan, for coming out and enjoying the day with us. Throughout the day we had hotdogs and hamburgers for sale from our wonderful volunteers Marty and Donna Thompson, Nancy Pelletier and Brenda Pelletier and our grill masters Clint and Heather Mann, Dan Larlham and Peggy Watson, we couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Sunday concluded the end of the silent auction and the 50/50 draw. The lucky winner this year was Jen Fehr who took home $578.50! Congratulations Jen!

Emfest 2019 was fun for all and a success for the park, we raised $3,500 for recreation activities, we are excited for next year!

Courtney Cross, ELRP Assistant Park Manager