CARLYLE - Mark Aug. 20 on your calendar.
That will be the seventh annual Carlyle Fun Dayz, which is an entirely free festival showcasing the town of Carlyle. Led by chairman Tim Sedor, the small but talented Fun Dayz committee has been hard at work and the event has been completely ahead of the curve for weeks.
Events begin with a pancake breakfast sponsored and served by the Carlyle District Lions Club. A parade will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Main Street will be entirely blocked off that day for the multitude of events planned.
Early that morning, Nite Stage and Lighting out of Regina is bringing out their massive stage. It comes with a complete professional package, including state of the art lighting, sound and three technicians. On this stage, five Saskatchewan artists are set to perform.
Carlyle’s own Morgan Robertson starts the live entertainment at noon. Musician and songwriter Brody Siebert follows, and then the 1980s pop and rock tribute band Dangerous Cheese plays over the supper hour. At 7:00 p.m., Regina’s Vinyl Society takes the stage with Weyburn rock band Switch ending the evening.
In the Carlyle Memorial Hall, a trade show has been organized with many local vendors planning to participate. At 2 p.m., there is high tea at the Rusty Relics Museum. In addition to the many restaurants in Carlyle, nine food trucks will be coming to Main Street, and nobody will be leaving town hungry. A beer garden will be open from noon to midnight.
Carlyle Fun Dayz is family oriented, and the children will have plenty to do. A Kids Zone will be in operation from when the parade is over until 5 p.m. Magician Chester McBain will have two performances as will the Saskatchewan Reptile Show. There will be bouncy castles, a petting zoo, a climbing wall and a balloon artist.
Also there to entertain the kids will be Buzz Light-Year, PJ Masks, Thomas the Train, and a 12-foot-tall dinosaur.
Sedor is really looking forward to August 20.
“We had a great crowd last year, but our committee thinks 2022 will be even bigger and better,” he said. “Our goal is to make Carlyle Fun Dayz the largest one-day festival in all of rural Saskatchewan. The event really raises the profile of the Town of Carlyle and provides a tremendous economic boost.”
You can follow Carlyle Fun Dayz on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Their website is www.carlylefundayz.com. As stated on their Facebook page, “Can you think of another way you can have this much fun for free?”