The long-anticipated City of Martensville annual Buster Days begins this Friday, June 4, and will run throughout the weekend. Due to COVID, the Buster Days Committee had to rethink their plans when it came to the size of the event, and what activities could be included in order to comply with the current guidelines that are in place. Much time and effort went into planning and coming up with fun, entertaining events for the whole family to take part in.
Jamie McCulloch, City of Martensville Recreation Program Coordinator, stated that to adhere to public gathering numbers and safety measures, they decided early on to eliminate activities that could draw in a large crowd, and anything that discouraged drop in activities. This meant they had to eliminate the parade, shows in the park, petting zoo, and inflatables this year.
“The activities that we chose allowed us to set a limit on the number of people who could attend at once, events that have been popular in previous Buster Days, and activities that are new to Buster Days,” said McCulloch.
The Committee has come up with a lot of great activities for the weekend with main events such as Family Swim Day, drive-in movies, online cooking classes, virtual bingo, and fireworks to name a few.
The weekend kicks off with several free events starting with a Geocache Flower Scramble. Flowers will be hidden along the pond at Kinsmen Park. Find the clues that are hidden in the flowers to unscramble and solve the secret message. Once the secret message is solved you can enter to win some fun prizes. The first clue will be on the Buster Days Facebook page. The winner will be announced on Monday, June 7. This event will be available all weekend long!
Another free event that will be available all weekend is the animal rock hunt. Watch for animals on the loose at Kinsmen Park. Find all 15 animals that are painted on rocks within Kinsmen Park.
The Walking Storybook at Kinsmen Park is another free activity where kids can learn all about dinosaurs. They will be featuring the comic book story Prehistoria: Age of Dinosaurs. This book will take you through the life of Edmonsauruses, Sentinels, and a dangerous predator, the Albertosaurus. The author is Martensville’s very own Brayden Martens who will be joining the Buster Days festivities at Kinsmen Park from 1-4pm on Saturday June 5th. He will be located at the end of the Walking Storybook to talk about his comics, and there will be copies available for purchase. He will also have issue #4 of Prehistoria: Age of Dinosaurs available, with all proceeds going towards the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Friday evening will feature a night at the movies in the Kinsmen Park Diamonds parking lot. The first feature film is Jumanji: Next Level and it will begin at 9:00pm. The second film is Jurassic World which will begin at 11:30pm. Gates open at 8:30pm for the first show and 11:00pm for the second show. When registering you only need one ticket per vehicle, and you can bring in as many people as there are seatbelts in your car. The cost to attend a single movie is $25 or $40 for the double feature. Masks will be mandatory when outside your vehicle.
Saturday’s events kick off with three fitness classes happening at different parks from 9:30-10:30 am; Kinsmen Park, Lions Park, and Mini Mountain. There will be three instructors and each person will provide a fun and unique class for all fitness levels!
Family swim day begins at 11am at the Aquatic Centre. There will be four – 1.5 hour time slots available for you and your family to come swimming at the pool. The cost is $5 per person to attend and you must be registered. If a name is not on the attendance list, they will not be able to enter.
There will be food trucks available Saturday from 1-6 pm. Smoke’s Poutinerie and Hawaiian Shaved Ice will be located next to the skate park.
Youth Swim Night begins at 7pm at the Aquatic Centre and is designated for the older youth 13 – 18 years of age in the community to come and enjoy the pool with their friends. for those who are 13-18 years old. There will be a DJ, lights, and more for them to enjoy. You must register for this event and the cost is $5 per person.
On Sunday there will be bingo at the MAP from 1-2 and 2:30-3:30, followed by virtual cooking classes and a virtual bingo at 7 pm.
When you register for the virtual cooking class or classes, you will get a recipe with the ingredient list so you can follow the step-by-step process to cook along with your instructor as it is streamed on the Buster Days Facebook Page. The first cooking class will feature Glenda showing how to make cold rolls from the comfort of your home.
The second part of the virtual cooking class will feature Chef Al who will be demonstrating how to make a pasta dish with shrimp, feta, and spinach.
There will be a fireworks display to celebrate the end of Buster Days 2021 at Kinsmen Park beginning at 9:30pm. All Government of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Guidelines and recommendations for this event will be followed.
McCulloch said that most events are by registration and can be done through the city’s website; https://martensville.maxgalaxycanada.net/Home.aspx. Registration is still open and there are still spots available, but activities like swimming and bingo are filling up quickly!
“Though this year’s Buster Days celebration is a little smaller than previous years, it will still be a fun weekend for families to enjoy together. There is something for everyone and we hope the people in our community enjoy it and take full advantage!” said McCulloch.