The town of Redvers came alive with its first-ever Homecoming weekend celebration, drawing residents from near and far to partake in a joyous community reunion over the Canada Day long weekend.

The event began on Friday with a Slo-Pitch tournament featuring 14 teams and continued with a variety of children’s activities like a toonie swim and play areas.

“The Fire Department kept some mineral tubs filled for the kids, and Today’s Electronics provided sand and water toys for the whole weekend,” said the organizer of the event. 

The library hosted historical displays and children’s activities. A car show with over 60 entries, a trade show at the Rec Centre, and an Art Show & Sale at the Golden Age Centre were highlights.

“Visitors could sit to rest, enjoy a beverage, view the art, and then hop on the Town of Redvers Transit Van for a tour around Redvers on both Saturday and Sunday.”

Saturday included a popular Kids Mini Tractor Derby and a fireworks show by the Fire Department.
 

“We handed out some prizes to our winners of the timed races as well as a tractor pull. We want to thank all the families who joined us. We learned a lot and hope to streamline the derby next year.”


Redvers Homecoming Tractor Pull

Sunday’s Ranch Rodeo attracted large crowds, including a team from Thunder Bay, ON.

“All teams showed their skill in the arena and entertained the spectators. A ranch rodeo is a bit different from a traditional one, and it was enjoyed by all.”

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New events included a “Horse Race” featuring volunteers in inflatable costumes.

“We had 8 volunteer racers give the crowd a show, running an obstacle course in giant inflatable horse costumes. Our volunteers were such good sports, we are thankful they were willing to participate. Our 2024 Horse Race Champion was Matthew Magotiaux, taking home the trophy and a winner’s hat.”

 

"Horse Race"

The weekend concluded with a catered dinner and a performance by Quinton Blair.

“Quinton Blair put on a live show in the Rec Centre, lasting well into the early hours of the morning. Quinton earned quite a few new fans in Redvers, as his performance was one for the books.”

Monday featured Canada Day traditions including a pancake breakfast by the Knights of Columbus and the unveiling of Hometown Highway signs.

Hometown History Signs

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Hometown History Signs

“Family members of each were present to say a few words to those who gathered. These signs were donated by Bill & Jan Murray, and once permanent placement is determined, Bedecs Ready Mix is donating a portion of the cement for the pilings.”

The Fire Department’s Kids Fireman Rodeo and a parade with over 60 floats rounded out the day.

“Advantage Co-op generously donated a giant Canada Day Cake for any of our visitors to enjoy after the parade.”

Organizers emphasized the success of the Homecoming event, which was a result of community collaboration. 

“Homecoming was a perfect example of how the collaboration of several different entities can produce a successful event for the entire community. Those looking to get involved in the community as a whole can join our next meeting at the Town Office (25 Railway Avenue, Redvers, SK) on July 31 at noon.”