Busy summer of events planned for Moosomin

May 6, 2022, 2:37 pm
Sierra D'Souza Butts, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Last year, the Moosomin Rodeo Committee hosted the Bulls and Broncs having over a thousand people attend the event. The day featured saddle bronc, bareback and bull riding.

At the latest Moosomin Chamber of Commerce meeting, plans were discussed for summer events in Moosomin this summer, including the Moosomin’s Kinsmen and Kinettes’ Canada D’eh event on July 1, the Bulls and Broncs event, the Chamber of Commerce Parade and the Multicultural Celebration on July 16, and the Battle of the Prairies Food Truck Festival planned for Moosomin Regional Park July 29, 30, and 31.

Canada D’eh
“The Kinettes and Kinsmen are planning a Canada D’eh event for Friday July 1, we’re really excited to be providing a fun and mostly free event to Moosomin on Canada Day,” Alyssa Jeannot of Moosomin Kinettes said at the Chamber of Commerce meeting.

“All proceeds from the event will be going to the airport runway project. It’s an all day event where we have a slow pitch tournament starting in the morning, the Kinsmen will look after that. Games will begin at 9 a.m., but it depends on how many teams we have for the tournament.

“We plan to have beer gardens all day, we’re putting the word out for anyone who is interested in busking at the beer gardens. We’ll provide a schedule for any musical buskers interested depending on the demand, but if not, the Kinettes and Kinsmen will just DJ for the day.”

Jeannot said there will also be bouncers throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We’ve reached out to some sponsors right now but we are still looking for some more sponsors, to sponsor a bouncy castle or carnival game,” she said.

“The sponsorship will get you your logo next to the item that you sponsor. We also have a small scale sponsorship that will get you your logo by the main stage for the night and a billboard at the carnival.

“As this is a huge event for our clubs, we do need all hands on deck. We’re asking businesses to volunteer to man a bouncy castle that they sponsor. This is not a requirement by any means, but we will offer that to the business owners. If not, we will find a volunteer, but if your business is open to doing that, it will help us out immensely on the volunteer front.”

She said there will also be local celebrities present at the event’s dunk tank, such as council members, the mayor and business leaders.

“The Kinsmen have also decided to host a Show and Shine Car Show at Bradley Park. As well Jarrod (Slugoski) will be hosting the Community Market that same day as well,” said Jeannot.

“We’re also in contact with the airport committee and are looking at options to bring in an airplane for the Show and Shine,” said Jeannot.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity for kids to come and look at an airplane up close.

“At the end of the day, we will move things to the outdoor rink where people can gather and watch the fireworks show at dust, followed by a performance from Shifty Morgan for the rest of the night,” said Jeannot.

“Entry to everything on Canada D’eh will be by donation, we really didn’t want to put a price on the fun, so we’re going to have donation jars set up throughout the park.”

More details about the Canada D’eh event can be found on the Moosomin Kinette Club’s Facebook page and on Page 4 of this month’s Plain & Valley.

Bulls and Broncs event on July 16
Chelan Beckett of Moosomin Rodeo Committee told chamber members that the group will be hosting a Bulls and Broncs event on July 16.

The Chamber of Commerce parade will be held at 10 am that day, there will be a community market from 11 am to 4 pm, and Moosomin’s international community will host a Multicultural Celebration, making for a full day of events.

“We’re doing our Bulls and Broncs event again this year, we’re hoping to make things a little more official, and a little more exciting,” said Beckett.

“We’re hoping to have some dignitaries to speak at our opening ceremonies, we have an IKS media screen share that encompasses businesses for extra advertising, which will show instant replays of all the rides that happen (that day).

“Also this year, we’re going to have Houston Stuart for our rodeo clown, and we’re also going to have a youth rodeo beforehand, hopefully starting by noon.”

Beckett said there will also be beer gardens at the event. She also explained why the committee chose to do bulls and broncs this year, as opposed to hosting a full rodeo.

“We’re hoping for the same turnout as last year or better, which was phenomenal,” she said.

“Last year because of Covid, we did the Bulls and Broncs event to have fewer costs, fewer sponsorship requirements.

“It was definitely a good thing we did that, also the fact that people come to a rodeo to watch people get bucked off an animal—we had am amazing crowd out last year for the Bulls and Broncs.”

Admission for the event will cost $10 per ticket.

Food Truck Festival at Moosomin Lake July 29 to 31
Karen Hebert told Chamber members about the Battle of the Prairies Food Truck Festival at Moosomin Regional Park, happening from July 29 to 31.

“On the August long weekend, we haven’t been able to host the fireworks weekend for a couple of years because of issues around international travel and questions about Covid restrictions, but we want to keep the momentum for our fundraiser for the park, to update the facilities,” said Hebert

“This year instead of the fireworks competition we will have a Food Truck Festival on the August long weekend.

“On Friday of the event, we will have food trucks there from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., we will have beer gardens on Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

“Saturday we’re having the DJ at the beer gardens from 2 p.m. until midnight, with a band playing from 8 p.m. to midnight and the food trucks will be available throughout the event, so we will have food available in addition to the beer gardens.

“Sunday the food trucks will be there, we don’t have any entertainment planned at the moment for that day, but we’re working on it.”

Hebert said there will also be bouncy castles, a scavenger hunt, and other activities throughout the three-day event.

“Right now we have 18 food trucks and 18 vendors. Our sponsorship plan is if you can donate $500 we include a pass to the park, and 10 free drink tickets.”

She said the regional park board hopes to return to the International Fireworks Competition at some point. For several years the fireworks competition was the single largest tourism event in southeast Saskatchewan, bringing more people through the gates than events in Estevan, Weyburn or anywhere else in the southeast.

Community Market from July to September
Jarrod Slugoski told chamber members about the 2022 Moosomin Community Market that will be happening throughout summer, on July 1, July 16, August 27 and September 17.

“We’ve decided to do four markets, mostly planned allong with other events in town,” said Slugoski.

“We’ll be joining the Kinettes on Canada Day at Bradley Park, holding the market downtown on July 16 after the Chamber parade, the last weekend of August we’d be working with the museum, and hoping the weather is nice for Saturday, September 17, we would like to do a Harvest Market downtown. We want to do it downtown simply because the businesses there can join in with street sales, and sidewalk sales, along with the restaurants and coffee shops, instead of us trying to find food venders for our markets, it’s already built in there for the event.”

Slugoski said the purpose of the community market is to show off how much the community of Moosomin has to offer.

“The market is also a nice compliment to the other activities going on this summer, which is why we’re hoping to connect with the other groups in town.”

He said they are looking for vendors to join in on the event. Vendors can apply through the group’s online application, on their Facebook page: Moosomin Community Market - MCM.