One of the most anticipated events in Martensville is taking place this weekend, and it is sure to be a fun-filled weekend for all ages. Buster Days weekend is always chock full of fun activities and events and judging by the schedule of events, this year is sure to be a blast.
“There will be a lot of the usual activities, but they are good old fashioned classics that everyone enjoys. We do have a few new additions that we are really excited about and the goal is always to cater to everyone and ensure everyone has something to do and to ensure there are no barriers for people to participate,” Jessica Loran, City of Martensville Program Coordinator II, said.
Friday, May 31st will be the kick off to the festivities and will include the beginning of the weekend long Slo-Pitch tournament, a Family Swim Night, Youth Swim Night, Family Movie Night, Kinsmen Club Comedy Night and the ever-popular fireworks show in Kinsmen Park.
Saturday will begin with a pancake breakfast and car show at North Ridge Community Centre (NRCC) followed by Fitness in the Park, a road hockey tournament, parade (south side route), fishing derby, food trucks, inflatables, games and many other activities at the Martensville Athletic Pavilion (MAP).
On Sunday, there will be a church service from 11am-12pm at NRCC, which will be followed with a family picnic and bingo. Once again, there will be food trucks, inflatables, a petting zoo and games at the MAP, as well as the money pit, which will take place at 1pm and give children the chance to search through a sand pit filled with $300 in change. There will also be fun activities at the Kyle Syrenne Skate Park starting at 2pm.
In previous years, all of the activities took place within Kinsmen Park, but Loran explained that things have changed in recent years. “We decided that it works better to have the inflatables inside because it is impossible to predict Saskatchewan weather. This way, we can ensure that everyone can enjoy them for the entire weekend. We just want everyone to have a good time.”
Buster Days is organized by a group of community volunteers and is possible through the support of numerous sponsors; City of Martensville, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Kinsmen Club, North Ridge Developments, North Prairie Developments, Canadian Tire, Lakeview Insurance, Offroad Exteriors, and FreeWay Delivery Service. Various service groups from Martensville contribute their time to help run the event throughout the weekend, and in return, the Buster Days Committee provides an honorarium for the groups that participated following the event. “By supporting Buster Days, you are helping to support the community because everything made from the event goes directly back into the community. It really does cater to all parts of the community,” Loran explained.
For Loran, it will be her first Buster Days weekend, and the excitement is palpable. “I have been counting down the days and absolutely cannot wait. It is going to be so much fun and I think everyone should come check it out because there will be so many fun options. This year, we have a new company bringing the inflatables, so those will be all new, we will have an adult version of ‘Hungry, Hungry Hippos’, rideable stuffies that can be raced on the MAP track and much more.”
Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the MAP until May 30th for $40, a savings of $10. These passes gain you full weekend access to the inflatables, laser tag and gaming truck, rideable stuffed animals and carnival games punch card.
A full schedule of events can be found on page 8 of this issue.