I don’t know how or why it happens, but if you live in Saskatchewan, you should have some form or fashion of winter gear!
Not everyone is out skiing, sledding, riding their winterized bicycle nor walking, I get that. It just seems to me that when winter comes, say around October, that you might want to be prepared.
October is a little early to become a hermit due to weather.
This weekend while attending Home Town Hockey in Moose Jaw, I realized the reality of how off the hook people really are!
It happened to be about minus 17 and then with the wind chill approximately minus 28. The sun was brilliant, which could have led to that illusion it was warm.
Adults, kids, babies not really dressed for the weather. Pajama bottoms! Really. Standing at activation centres waiting for something to happen and the shivering to stay warm!
It made me feel cold. I had approximately four layers on top and three on the bottom, heavy boots and hand warmers.
Festival goers walking around, popping into business – lucky you! I was standing, basically in one spot, for two days – well, I did get some breaks – bathroom, warm up, food! (Fitbit Reading: 15,000 plus one day, not bad for marching in one spot!)
Our shifts ran from 11:30 til 6pm on Saturday with some earlier training that began at 10am. Then on Sunday 11am til approximately 8:30. Had the weather been better, the festival sight would have been busier than it was.
People – of all ages – braved the elements and enjoyed the activities. Parents. Grandparents. Kids or no kids it was an event for the hockey fan. Activation stops that allowed you to warm up and get something free from tour sponsors. McDonalds’ Drew Doughty face shields were pretty popular and darn nifty!
The virtual experiences were neat. More prevalent than ever; an example was autographs – step right up and Connor McDavid asks you a few questions, then you get your picture taken with him! OH, that photo is also autographed!
Stop into another trailer and you can play a little hockey trivia with your favorite NHL star. Did you know, Connor’s favorite pre-game meal is Chicken & Rice!
At my location, you just pose on either side of the marked area, magically on the Rogers phone app you are standing next to a NHL player you have picked out, we take the picture and email it to you! Presto! You have a picture of you and Steven Stamkos. This was a lot of fun when it was working properly. Women kissing their favorite players, kids crawling between their legs!
Taking a travelling road show across the country is a remarkable task. With managers and supervisors that deal with all sorts of characters and weather conditions. Each town with its own special story.
Our administrative staff encouraged us to talk to those that have travelled with the Home Town Hockey experience, but it was so cold no one really wanted to be hanging around shooting the breeze. Plus that cold snap made for some quick thinking in regards to replacement help and problem solving. There wasn’t much time for talking!
Kudos have to go out to the gutsy performances of the entertainment at centre stage! The wind blowing right in your face, Nick Faye, Chris Henderson, Blake Berglund and Belle Plaine – Nice Job guys & gal! May you find warmth in a hot tub or a roaring fire!
The event was wrapping up around 8:30 on Sunday night – Main Street was now void of the packs of Oiler Fans roaming up and down flaunting their Christmas new McDavid jerseys. The Moose Jaw Warriors that came had gone home to their billets – I might add those boys looked pretty pleased with their win over the top-rated Regina Pats! Notre Dame’s Hounds had returned to Wilcox after their spot on the SportsNet broadcast with Ron MacLean.
It was time for the Rogers Home Town Hockey crew to swing into action. The tear down of the festival site was underway and would wrap up around 5:30 am.
All aboard as the trucks roll onto stop number 13 on the 24 town tour.
Stay tuned the fun returns on Sunday night from Vancouver!
PS. Stop into the Ultimate Fan Zone on Main Street! They have a cool assortment of sport memorabilia AND they are awesome people too!