'17 A Huge Success!

Locals and visitors alike came together in Carlyle as the community celebrated Canada 150 at its second annual Carlyle Fun Dayz, Saturday, Aug. 19.

        “We're thrilled that Carlyle Fun Dayz is back for a second year,” says organizer Jenn Sedor. “We celebrated Canada's 150th birthday as a community and we welcomed a lot of visitors and showed them all that Carlyle has to offer.”

            “We were disappointed when the midway cancelled their appearance,” says Sedor. “But with the quick thinking of our committee members and additional sponsorship from Carlyle Minor Hockey, we were able to pull together an event that was even more fantastic that planned!”

            In spite of the midway cancellation mere days before the event, there were still plenty of activities and attractions for Fun Dayz revellers of all ages.

            The event kicked off with a pre-parade pancake breakfast, courtesy of the Carlyle Lions Club. The Main Street parade was headed by young riders on bikes - a tradition which began last year, and the parade itself featured floats, horses, vintage vehicles and plenty of candy for the kids.

            Throughout the day, visitors could enjoy High Tea at the Rusty Relics Museum, a Show & Shine and on Souris Avenue, a Farmers Market & Trade Fair and a Family Fun Zone, featuring a petting zoo, face painting and more.

            The Carlyle Public Library hosted a balloon-sculpting session, while older kids enjoyed the Teen Zone at the Carlyle Sports Arena - featuring inflatable adventures and laser tag. Food trucks and vendors were also located near the arena.

            In addition to the food trucks and community food vendors, the Carlyle Lions also hosted a corn roast and pork supper.

            Musical entertainment included performances by Elvis tribute artist, Rory Allen and The Bromantics, as well as a beer gardens and street dance.

            The celebration ended with a spectacular fireworks display.

            “I'm immensely proud of my community for the efforts they have put into this event,” sums up Sedor. “From outstanding community sponsors who made our larger event possible to our local community groups, parade entries, local business people, and of course, all those who attended to make the event a success.”

            “With the development of the Carlyle Fun Dayz in addition to our Dickens Festival in December, we are on our way to making Carlyle a tourism destination of Saskatchewan.”

Jennifer Sedor