The Estevan Football Family – which encapsulates both Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football and the Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs football team – is urging local people to vote for Estevan in the Richardson Pioneer Rider Nation Community Celebration contest.
According to information released on the contest's website on August 30, Estevan is in last place in the eight-team on-line voting showdown, even though Estevan is the largest community in the competition.
Dalmeny, which is a community of about 1,700 people not far from Saskatoon, was in top spot as of August 31. Davidson was second and Moosomin was third.
Assiniboia, Unity, Whitewood and Leroy are the other communities entered.
A total of 55,000 votes were cast between the eight communities in the first half of the competition.
Estevan's slow start has forced supporters of local football to send out e-mails and exhort local people to vote. Wanda Harron, who is the coach of the Atom Miners team and a board member on the minor football executive, has said that there's a huge amount of money on the line.
First place will receive $50,000; second and third place each get $25,000.
If Estevan is among the top three, the money would be directed towards the ongoing restoration of the Woodlawn Athletic Park.
Each of the top three communities will also host a party this fall during a Roughrider away game to show off their pride in their community, the support for the Riders and their excitement for the 101st Grey Cup in Regina this fall.
The deadline to vote is on Wednesday, September 11. People can vote every 12 hours, and they can vote from anywhere – personal computers, laptops, smartphones and other devices.
The top three communities will be announced during the Saskatchewan Roughriders' home game against the Toronto Argonauts on September 14.
Richardson Pioneer has pieced together the contest in honour of Regina hosting this year's Grey Cup. The game will be played on November 24.