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Lampman Sports Weekend was a family fun event

Big smiles were had by youngsters who painted the pony and went on the horse rides. Abby Coderre owns Wilbur, and she graciously allowed for Wilbur to take part in the event.

The Lampman Lions Club and Lampman Recreation Board had great weather for their busy sports weekend on June 10-12.

This excellent event was filled with loads of family entertainment all weekend long, starting on Friday evening with the start of the slo-pitch tournament. They had 11 teams partake in the games.

With the beer gardens open throughout the weekend, one’s thirsts could always be quenched, and hunger could be satisfied with a visit to the well-stocked Lions concession for a burger or hot dog.

At 7 p.m., The Sandlot played at the rink for some more family enjoyment.

The nicely laid out campsites were put to effective use for those travelling from out of town. It was a way to turn the weekend into a mini vacation.

Saturday proved to be a packed day. The Lions Club handed out several donations to local clubs and were an immense help all weekend long.

With five ball diamonds, the well-organized games could be watched all day. Each team hoped for the wins to have their final destination be the gold medal game.

The ball drop 50/50 would catch people’s eye upon arrival, with the Lampman Fire and Rescue in hot pursuit of people for ticket sales. They also had their summer starter kit raffle tickets available, to be held on June 22. Items for the raffle are donated by local farmers from the RM’s of Benson and Browning, along with the local agricultural sector.

While the games were in full swing, kids were kept busy with face painting by Alissa Harrison, and bubbleology with Miss. T. The toy story bouncy castle also seemed to hit home for the kids.

A busy place was the petting zoo by Jeremy and Rhonda Garling. A simple food donation for the Lampman Foodbank was appreciated, but if you forgot, no worries, people were asked to “just pay it forward,” said Garling. The zoo offered goats of different ages, ducklings, bunnies and a mini pony.

Big smiles were had by youngsters who painted the pony and went on the horse rides. Abby Coderre owns Wilbur, and she graciously allowed for Wilbur to take part in the event.

At 2 p.m., the Estevan Diamondbacks went to bat against the Arcola Threshers in a Saskota Baseball League game. In the bottom of the seventh, Arcola trailed 8-5. With two out and two runners on base, it was up to the batter to tie the game, but hit a fly ball to clinch the Estevan victory.

Next was the home run derby. This was exciting with 29 batters’ showing their skills. It was an enormous success, with them attempting to blast the ball over the fence. Dawson Bernie would take that title.

Main Street became party central at night. After a brief rain shower, the dance began. Snacks were available by Scratch Bakery, Catering and Eatery, Carnivores and Harvest Café Lampman.

The 200 people enjoyed the music by Crossroads and the streets came alive with dancers.

Sunday morning the aroma of a pancake breakfast filled the air. The Lampman Fire and Rescue team cooked up the great breakfast for players and visitors.

The winner of the 50/50 ball drop was Damon Sutherland. He was pretty happy to receive extra cash from the draw.

Sunday afternoon provided another matinee for the family with Sing 2.

Four teams remained in the slow-pitch tournament. In Pool A, which had the gold medal game, the Brew Jays faced the Southeast Beasts, with the Brew Jays winning 16-4.

Pool B played for the bronze. Yank Deez took the game 19-8 over the Master Batters.

Although attendance was down from other years, the place was hopping. Other events took place the same days in surrounding communities, but overall, everyone had a fun time.

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