Strathcona Family Day
On a typical bright and sunny Alberta summer Saturday, August 11th, the Regiment held its annual Strathcona Family Day. Made possible by the extremely generous donation of a Regimental patron, the Strathcona Family Day provides a relaxed venue for soldiers and their families to have fun, unwind, and share a summer’s day together. This year, the Regimental OPI, Recce Sqn, continued the tradition of holding a carnival-style Family Day, providing something entertaining for everyone, both young and old.
Preparations started throughout the preceding week, and set-up was undertaken by a sizable crew of Regimental volunteers early in the morning of the 11th. In short order, various venues were set-up and manned, including pony rides, a petting zoo, paintball range (with officers and soldiers volunteering to be “targets”), a dunk tank (again, with officers and solider volunteering), balloon animal artist, bouncy castle and bouncy obstacle course, sumo suits, and LAV III and tank rides. Various carnival games were a hit where children could play and win tickets that were redeemable for prizes. A “show and shine” of motorcycles and cars was held in front of the Harvey Building, allowing motor-heads (and mini motor-heads) to compare rides.
Food was available throughout the day, starting at 10am with the “treats” stands. Cotton candy, pop-corn, snow cones, and soft-serve ice cream was freely available, and in great quantities. At 11, the Chief Cook, WO Alain Doucette, and his staff put on a BBQ with hamburgers and hotdogs, followed shortly thereafter with 60 pizzas. Needless to say, everyone who attended were well-fed! Door prizes were also available, with ten prizes for adults and ten prizes for children, which were drawn throughout the day. All-in-all, the annual Strathcona Family Day proved to be a highly enjoyable day for all Strathcona families and volunteers of the day.