Let’s hope the nice weather holds out for a while because Waskimo is getting ready for its revival.
The festival in Regina — which used to occur each winter in the Queen City — has been resurrected, after a 14-year hiatus.
It all happens on the Family Day holiday — February 20, 2017.
Jim Aho is one of the organizers and says festival goers should know the festival will not be staged on the main portion of the lake. He spoke to 620 CKRM on Friday, February 10 – just about a week before the festival is officially set to return.
“Wascana Centre Authority has given us the right to use, what they call, the east lake,” says Aho. “So, east of the Broad Street Bridge – what you would think of as right outside the Conexus Art Centre – and if you look across the lake, you will see the Saskatchewan Science Centre, THAT’S the portion of the lake we will be clearing.”
Aho says they are going to take it slow in year-one, in an attempt to make the event grow and once again become a yearly event.
“There’s a lot of inertia we have to overcome,”Aho said. “So we’re trying to dream relatively small this year and then we’ll see where it goes from here.”
Aho adds one of the big differences for Waskimo 2-point-oh — as he calls it — is the amount of indoor activities taking place inside the Conexus Arts Centre.
“A lot of things are going to be happening for kids and families inside the Conexus Art Centre,” says Aho. “There will be face-painting, and all kinds of entertainment on the big stage as well as in the theatre lobby. So that’s what’s new about Waskimo 2-point-oh.”
Waskimo was held for 25 years before it was wound down after the Big Dig on Wascana Lake.
Many activities are planned for the entire family both indoor and outdoor.
620 CKRM is proud to sponsor the shinny tournament during the event – which is bound to draw large crowds given the popularity of the game in Saskatchewan.