Despite some early precipitation, the annual Beach Bash event proved to be a success, with activities that attracted people of all ages.
There were about 1,750 people who attended the event on August 16 at Woodlawn Regional Park’s Boundary Dam Beach Site, according to Estevan Chamber of Commerce marketing and events manager Rebecca Westling.
There weren't as much people on the beach compared to previous years, Westling said, thanks to the rain in the morning and early afternoon of the 16th. But the rain didn’t stop beach volleyball from happening, as a tournament started in the morning, and people were still playing into the nighttime hours.
Entertainment was offered throughout the day, highlighted by a sandcastle competition, face painting and a magic show for the children.
The magic show featured Dan the Magic Man. He performed several tricks on stage and also interacted in the crowd, according to Westling.
“When I was watching, you could see kids crying they were laughing so hard,” she said. “I got lots of positive feedback…so we’ll definitely try and do something like that again next year.”
Two bands – local group Crossroads and Regina-based Third Degree Birnz – performed during the evening. It was a change from last year, when several acts supplied musical entertainment throughout Beach Bash.
Westling said that the new format worked out well. When the Saskatchewan Roughriders game was on, the crowd's attention wasn't diverted. That was a problem they had last year.
Overall, she said that the evening entertainment performed well, as there were a lot of people who were in attendance, Westling said.
The first band that performed was Crossroads.
“They got the party started and got people dancing,” said Westling.
The final musical act was Third Degree Burnz, and they put on an entertaining show, according to Westling.
“They’re always a blast to work with and deal with, they get people dancing on the picnic tables and it’s always a great time having them,” she said.
In between the acts the crowd enjoyed a firework show. The fireworks exploded over the water.
“When the firework show was finished, the crew across the lake had a standing ovation. People were cheering and clapping and it was a great show,” Westling said.
Aquatic fireworks were a highlight. They were shot from the water, and Westling said it was just awesome to see.
Throughout the day there was a really strong presence from the RCMP, as Westling said that they were there to make sure that it was a safe environment.
“I am grateful and thankful for them to make sure that everyone is doing things safely and no one gets injured,” said Westling.
Westling said that it was a safe environment with the RCMP out there. In the previous year, they didn’t have that extra security presence. But last year's Beach Bash attracted more people than they expected.
The rain did put a “damper” on the beach activities, according to Westling, but overall she said the event went well, as the people in attendance had a good time.