The Estevan25K promotion, offered by the Estevan Chamber of Commerce, demonstrated that there are some very creative people out there with some great ideas for special events.
While some of the ideas might not appeal to the general public, and events might not be practical, all of the suggestions came from forward-thinking people who have seen a need for the community, who have some creative ideas, and just need a little money to bring their concept from dream to reality.
Their suggestions might become a showcase for the community, and create a legacy for their city.
The idea that received the most votes, Party Nauseous, was billed as a three-day tour de force that would have something for all ages: a drive-in movie the first night; a late night, outdoor party on the second; and children's and family games on the third to wrap up the event. Not only was it the most popular idea, but it was also the best-explained.
It's the type of idea that has been tried in other communities, and there's nothing wrong with adopting a mindset of “Why not in Estevan?”
There were a lot of other great ideas, too. The event with the second-most votes – a marquee shore fishing derby on Rafferty Dam with large payouts – could be a big attraction for the city. Baseball clinics, a roller derby tournament and a winter festival were also suggested; they all have the potential to be successful.
A weekend music festival and a celebration of Saskatchewan music were two other entries; they could work separately, or they could be combined into one sensational event. There are numerous venues in the Estevan area that could be used for such a festival.
We really liked the idea of the Taste of Estevan – an event that has proven popular in other communities, and would showcase the many outstanding restaurants in Estevan, along with the culinary expertise of some chefs whose skills are rarely on display outside of their own kitchen or barbecue.
There likely won't be enough funding available for every event. The people who organized Estevan 25K shouldn't try to give a little bit for everyone, and spread the funding too thin. Some of the events don't need money; they could be successfully pulled off on a relatively low budget.
Hopefully this isn't the last that we've heard of these ideas, and the people who came up with these events will remain engaged in the community, because they likely have other great ideas that could enhance life in Estevan.