Familiar bells are again ringing all over Saskatoon as the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign started Thursday.
The goal this year is to raise $275,000 by December 24 which will all stay in Saskatoon.
However, Heather Hedstrom, community and donor relations advisor with the Salvation Army, said it will be more challenging this year.
The scramble is on to find accommodations for Grey Cup and local people are cashing in on the craze. With a little more than two weeks until the big event, people are getting creative.
Every hotel in the city has been booked for months in fact some have been booked for a year already.
Every hotel is completely full, including the Empire Hotel.
The woman manning the front desk says they only rent rooms by the month. But that fact is not stopping people from calling to try to book a room for the big party only to be told there are no rooms.
Growing up, most kids only miss school when they’re sick or when a family member dies. Sometimes they might even miss it for a sporting event like football game or a hockey tournament. But when it comes to the Canadian Western Agribition, kids miss school for cattle.
The Junior Showmanship Competition took place throughout the day Wednesday with kids as young as four showing off cattle. Judges grade them on their control of the animal and how the calf looks.
On Tuesday morning CJME Radio and the Salvation Army teamed up to launch the 44th Annual Santas Anonymous campaign.
The goal is to try to make sure that every child in Regina has a gift to open on Christmas morning.
Val Wiks is with the Salvation Army and this will be her tenth Christmas helping with the toy drive.
“At the beginning it was very um—it wasn’t very exciting. I felt very sad that there was such a need,” Wiks admitted. “(Now) I get excited because I know that we can help them.”
It has been 43 years since the Canadian Western Agribition had its humble beginnings in Regina and on Monday, it started up again for another year.
There will be a few new events and exhibitions at this year’s Agribition acording to CEO Marty Seymour. One of two new equine events is a daily horse training show set for every noon hour.
“A couple horse trainers will take an animal that’s never been trained before and teach that animal a bunch of skills so they can ride (it),” said Seymour.
In 1983, Jim Simmons made his first trip up from South Dakota to the Canadian Western Agribition where he and his father sold cattle. He was nine years old at the time, but his limousine cattle won awards.
Soon after, he began doing custom cattle work and continued making the trek to Regina every year. He and his father showed a champion steer one year, and Agribition became a good place for Simmons to make some money.
“It’s just a really good livestock exhibition to sell cattle,” he said.
Regina is remembering those who gave their lives in war.
The Brandt Centre was packed for the annual Remembrance Day service. Veterans in wheelchairs and young children all paused for a moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Larry Adams is with the Korean Veterans Association. This year marked the 60th anniversary of the armistice of 1953. The Korean war is often called the forgotten war, although over 500 Canadians were killed.
A couple from Balcarres is hoping to make a big impression at Agribition this year as they try to sell an automated feeding system of their own design.
Nearly 20 years ago, Dennis McMorris was calving at his farm near Balcarres, and the labour of feeding his cattle was getting to be too much. Calving already had him working well into the middle of the night, and hauling hundreds of buckets of feed out to the rest of his herd was proving to be much too time-consuming. That gave him an idea. What if there was a machine that did the feeding for him?
Runners and walkers at the Shaw Centre adopted more than just a smile and cheery mood on Saturday.
A dozen families gathered for the third annual Adopt Walk to raise awareness for adoption and some money for kids entering post secondary education.
Kids and parents ran and walked five kilometers around the track.
“One in five people are connected by adoption. So in our province that means around 20,000 if not more,” Adoption Support Centre of Saskatchewan (ASCS) executive director Cindy Xavier said.
It’s been 43 years since the Canadian Western Agribition had its humble beginnings in Regina, and on Monday, it begins again for another year.
There will be a couple new events and exhibitions at this year’s Agribition, according to CEO Marty Seymour. It includes two equine events, the first being a horse training show.
“A couple horse trainers will take an animal that’s never been trained before and teach that animal a bunch of skills so they can ride (it),” said Seymour. That event will happen over the noon hour each day.