The second annual Beach Bash attracted thousands of people on August 17 to the Woodlawn Regional Park's Boundary Dam Recreation Site.
There were around 1,100 people who went through the admission gate over the course of the day, and there were about 80 boats on the water for the fireworks after dusk, said Estevan Chamber of Commerce marketing and events manager Rebecca Howie.
Howie said that she was surprised with the number of people who attended the event. Last year the weather didn’t cooperate, but there were still a lot of people. It was a different story this year, as it was a great day to go to the beach and enjoy the many activities associated with the event.
The Beach Bash was a great opportunity to open the new volleyball courts at Boundary Dam, as there were games throughout the afternoon.
For the younger ages, there were inflatable playgrounds and a sand castle competition for them to enjoy. Other people just enjoyed the facilities associated with the dam, as they went for a swim or spent the afternoon on the beach.
The ice cream vendor was popular throughout the day, as it was one of the hottest days of the summer. There were other concession booths set up as well. Other activities associated with the Beach Bash included wakeboarding demonstrations and Zumba fitness sessions.
The entertainment throughout the day did not disappoint, either, as many people enjoyed the music that was offered at the Beach Bash.
“I think the entertainment really fit in with the idea of the event, with the Third Town Band starting off… they really have a good sound, especially the reggae type music, it goes right along with beach,” said Howie.
She also noted that the other bands such as Spencer Lafrentz, Jen Lane, Smokekiller and Tequila Mocking Bird were all phenomenal, as they all got the crowd going.
The headlining act of Third Degree Birnz also lived up to their reputation, Howie said, as people were singing along and just having a good time.
The main highlight of the event was the fireworks. They did not disappoint, and exceeded the expectations of the audience.
“I spoke with some people that were on the water, on the boats during the fireworks, and they said that it was the best fireworks that they’ve ever seen,” said Howie.
She also noted a permit from SaskPower to shoot the fireworks from SaskPower's land on the south side of the dam made the fireworks that much better, as they exploded over the water.
Howie said that they haven't had much negative feedback, and everyone seemed to have great time.
She expects that the success of this year's Beach Bash will mean that the event will be returning for a third edition next year.