The Power Dodge Curling Centre is getting ready for what will be another busy season, highlighted by a first-time event that they hope will become an annual attraction.
The Estevan Classic World Curling Tour event will happen from November 29 to December 2 at the curling rink. Manager Pauline Ziehl-Grimsrud said the rink's board has been discussing the possibility of hosting the event for a couple of years, and the late November/early December weekend became available.
“We've had a good response from teams,” said Ziehl-Grimsrud. “We have mostly western Canada teams at this point, and we're waiting on confirmation for a few others.”
The Estevan Classic will be the same weekend as the Olympic qualifier, so many of the big name teams won't be in Estevan.
But they still hope to have 32 teams.
Ziehl-Grimsrud said they have top teams from the Prairie provinces already booked. Estevan's Brent Gedak is among the teams entered. The Chinese men's Olympic team is also confirmed.
“Our hope is that we can build this into a really strong event,” said Ziehl-Grimsrud.
The curling club will have other events this year, too. The first one will be a novice curling camp October 26. A juvenile camp will be November 1 and 2.
Men's regionals will happen from January 10 to 12. It'll feature some of the top teams in the southeast area trying to qualify for the southern playdowns.
They'll also have bonspiels for men, women, young people and busnesses. The Oilmen's bonspiel March 27 to 30 will wrap up the season.
An assortment of leagues will be at the curling rink this year. Monday night will be for women. Tuesdays will feature their youth league and competitive league.
The recreation league is on Wednesdays, and the open league will be on Thursdays.
Afternoon curling will begin at 1 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Timbits curling for children in Kindergarten to Grade 5 will be on Sundays, starting at 2 p.m.
The curling centre's Tuesday night youth league has also been selected by CurlSask as one of six pilot clubs for a new youth program.
“Instead of us developing our own lesson plans and drill plans for how we want it, we will be following their schedule,” said Ziehl-Grimsrud.
Ice-making is nearly finished, she said. They have a new ice-maker, Shane Muche, who has been working hard to make sure that the ice is ready for the start of the season on October 21.
They have also incorporated large corporate logos into the rings at the west end of all six ice sheets. Ziehl-Grimsrud said Estevan isn't the first venue to paint logos into the rings, but she thinks they look great and they create a sharp appearance.