Community Celebration Winner – Birch Hills
The second Richardson Pioneer Rider Nation Community Celebration is in the books after a stop in Birch Hills, SK this past weekend.
The Community Celebration is a one-day party that six winning communities from across the province were selected to host and receive a $25,000 donation from Grey Cup Festival Premier Partner, Richardson Pioneer, towards a specific, community project having a focus on sport, culture, and recreation.
Birch Hills hosted the event on August 27 and community members came together to put on a full day of activities. Kathy Evans, a Birch Hills resident and one of the organizers for the event, said it gave the chance for the community to work together again.
Over 500 people were in attendance throughout the day with festivities including a parade, mini football camp, golf tournament, bouncy castles, dances, and fireworks. Fans were also treated to a visit from the Grey Cup, Gainer the Gopher, Roughrider alumni Neal Hughes and Scott Redl, and the 620 CKRM Rider Cheer team.
“Our whole Main Street was just plugged, and everyone was dressed in Rider gear, even the pets,” said Evans.
Birch Hills plans to put the $25,000 donation from Richardson Pioneer towards a new clubhouse at their local golf course, which is a source of pride for the town but needs some major repairs. Evans said the donation is exactly what they needed to get the project started.
“For a community our size, we have a phenomenal golf course,” said Evans. “But the clubhouse is a really old building, it’s basically being held together by paint.”
After the conclusion of the celebration, Evans said the community is extremely thankful Birch Hills was chosen as one of the winning communities and the excitement of the event won’t wear off anytime soon.
“For a small community such as ours, people will buzz about this for ages,” said Evans.
The next stop on the Richardson Pioneer Rider Nation Community Celebration tour is set for September 17 in Fort Qu’Appelle, SK and September 18 in Abbey, SK.