Thursday, 27 July 2017 05:58

Empress Summer ’Spiel a great draw

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Brad Howe thought this year's Summer Bonspiel went well. Brad Howe thought this year's Summer Bonspiel went well. Ryan Dahlman

Technically, Burstall's Jim McDowell foursome including Cayle Bishop, Jerry Shock and Daryl Heeg were the winners of the Empress Daze Cash Summerspiel.

It was organized by members of the Empress Bindloss Ag Society.
One could also argue the Tammy Niwa team from Acadia Valley which took home $2,000 in prize money from the bonspiel's random prize draw were pretty pleased.
However, the winners was the Village of Empress which will benefit from another successful Empress Daze weekend including a 13-team bonspiel which is pretty good considering all the events happening this year for Canada's 150th celebrations.
Brad Howe, one of the people involved in organizing the bonspiel says it was an enjoyable time although they don't have the final tally on how much the event raised for local projects such as possibly putting in coin showers in the park or making improvements to the arena.
"We try to not make it too competitive, there's some good prize money for the winners and it makes it more fun when the $2,000 prize is just (random)," he explains.
Organizers were pleased with the 13 teams and while the maximum they could hold is 16 they were kind of expected eight or ten teams this year with all of the events. They were prepared to just go with the minimum amount of teams but fortunately it turned out well.
"I think if you every stop doing it it's hard to get back," explains Howe.
The organizers put in a lot of volunteer time to get the arena ready for the event especially in the summer where the ice plant is working extra hard to keep everything from turning into slush.
Howe says they also all share in helping do volunteer time in the lounge as well.
All the fundraising helps as the arena's lounge area was refurbished and improvements have been to the local park.
Empress Daze featured a July 21 concert with the Classey Ferguson Band on July 21 and on July 22 activities including a parade, pancake breakfast and kids games including a scavenger hunt.

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