There’s a buzz around town about this year’s Wild West Daze being the best one yet, and I agree!
Leader, Saskatchewan, part of the Cypress Hills Destination Area, holds this event annually. This year, there were still the favorites that people come to expect, but the committee brought in new ideas and new attractions that impressed locals and visitors, alike.
Here are 5 things that stuck out to me about the weekend.
- The majority of the events were held at the ball diamonds, so the sense of togetherness and community was strong. It was nice to catch up with people and to see so many different people enjoying themselves.
- Food! I didn’t know what grebble was when I first moved to this area, but each year at Wild West Daze, I heard people taking about it. Last year, I was witness to a never ending line of grebble lovers, waiting to taste the deep fried dough. This year was no different. My sister and I joined the line that was stretched out to the street just to get a taste. “Mater Tasty,” the food truck out at the diamonds had some delicious variations of taco in a bag. Think dill and Greek. Yum! I also tasted their creative take on an ice cream Sundae. It included popcorn twists! Mini donuts also made an appearance.
- The redneck parade was a hit. I’m not sure anyone will forget the first prize winners. Touchdown Towing’s float included a lady having a bubble bath in an old metal tub and another with her pants down in a rickety wooden outhouse. They definitely got our attention!
- Free camping at the ball diamonds allowed the fun to last late into the evening. A local band entertained us and I didn’t have far to go to crawl into my camper van. Every now and then we deserve a night with no sleep, right?
- When kids are happy, parents are happy. This year, there were so many fun activities for the kids. I saw teens enjoying the redneck relays, kids somersaulting on the bungee jump ride, face painting, bouncy castles, slingshot and other challenges, and an evening movie under the stars!
There were many other events held throughout the weekend. Saturday night, there was an indoor dance with another live band. A community breakfast ( that I was up at 5 to help prepare for), a trade show, an evening slow pitch game under the lights, a 2km family run, a home run derby, and a tractor pull were all part of the fun.
It takes a lot of volunteers to pull off an event like Wild West Daze. I can’t wait to see what they bring in next year!
Check out this video of the fun.