Another Monday has arrived. The day that many of us reflect on the past weekend and all the activities that took place. For me, I’m reflecting on the 2018 Tim Horton’s Brier, an event that put Regina and southern Saskatchewan, on the national stage once again for nine days.
First and foremost we have to say hats off to the entire organizing committee and volunteers for putting the proposal together and for all their hard work behind the scenes to make this event happen. A great job by Evraz Place staff for always smiling and being as helpful as possible.
I took in the Tim Horton’s Brier a couple of nights and even survived the Brier Patch! The comments I heard were all very positive. The thing I noticed the most is how much fun spectators were having, and boy, there were lots of spectators for this year’s event! Members of the crowd were dressed up and you could clearly hear who they were cheering for. The patch was packed many of nights thanks to incredible musical entertainment. It felt like walking into a large and inviting small town cabaret with several hundred close friends.
Not many Brier host cities have had to deal with a massive blizzard like Regina had to this year and the city responded quickly to ensure the parking lot was cleared away of snow for the curlers, their families, and visitors. It was something even the television commentators remarked about. In true hearty Saskatchewan fashion, a “little” blizzard didn’t deter fans from coming to the Brandt Centre to watch world class curling.
So, in reflection, I’d rate this year’s Tim Hortons Brier in Regina as one of the most successful thanks to excellent volunteers, fans, and great curling. Saskatchewanians once again proved why our province, and Regina, is one of the best places to host large sporting events. I look forward to the next big weekend, the Memorial Cup!