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Eastend’s Dino Days fitting for a 40th anniversary calibre event

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It should be a wild time July 22-24 in Eastend.

Rosa Vazquez-Ring, spokesperson for the Town of Eastend and who works with local tourism, says it will be a fun time for the community. It’s the 40th anniversary of Dino Days and it has the appropriate theme of the “Wild, Wild West.” It will not only celebrate the southwest’s heritage, it also will be  busy for those taking part and volunteering in the many activities for the community of 500.
“Everybody is helping out,” explains Vazquez-Ring who says an event will take place and often people helping at the first event will then rotate and go off to assist in the next activity. “It’s our main event of the year so people try to help out as much as they can that weekend.”
On July 22, the day starts with the 9th Open Golf/ Curling Classic at the Streambank Golf Course/Rink Complex. A new feature to this year’s event is one Vazquez-Ring describes as exciting called Ken Mitchell’s Spirit of the Trail riding its way through town. It is a theatrical performance which local resident and historian Ethel wills describes as, “This powerful drama brings to life one of the most significant episodes in Canadian (and American) history: the meeting and alliance of Major James Walsh of the NWMP and Sitting Bull, War Chief of the Lakota Sioux.”
There is a Western Cowboy Supper which follows at 5:30 p.m. with a “Cowboy Campfire” with songs and cowboy poetry.
To top it off there will be pre-fireworks activities called the Fireworks of the Cretaceous Craft and Fiery Nighttime Tour at the T.rex Discovery Centre with crafts at 8:30 p.m. and the tour at 9 p.m.  Fireworks will follow at dusk.
Saturday July 23, a pancake breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. at the rink complex; ice cream floats will be made from 10 to noon at the Town Square as well as the Open Golf/Curling Classic’s second day (10 a.m.); a parade follows at 11 a.m. and that starts from the ball diamonds.
Saturday also features T.rexcellent Family Activities at the T.rex Discovery Centre. Vazquez-Ring says those will go on most of the day until 6 p.m. There will be some taste testing, balloons and free popcorn,
Saturday, the beer garden opens at noon and miniature chuckwagon races take place at the Rodeo Grounds starting at 1 p.m.
One event Vazquez-Ring is especially excited about is the Open Mic Night which happens at the Cypress Hotel at 7 p.m. She says this has become extremely popular in Eastend as its enthusiasm and vigor is becoming legendary. It initially started as a way to help generate a little excitement and promote business in the community and Vazquez-Ring notes it has taken on a life of its own. The open mic night also became the subject of a CBC Saskatchewan feature.
The Golf and Curl Calcutta Auction takes place at the rink starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night also.
On the final day Sunday, the Light Horse Show takes place at the rodeo grounds starting at 8 a.m.; the Golf/ Curling Classic concludes starting at 10 a.m. and there is an Interdenominational Church Services at the Eastend United Church at 11 a.m.
“Not sure how many are coming, but we want as many people as possible,” adds Vazquez-Ring who says everyone is ready to show visitors an enjoyable time. “It’s a great time to (visit).”

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