Time for Red Deer to rally

Red Deer is ready! That has been the slogan for the 2019 Canada Winter Games bid campaign. This Friday all of the work and planning the local committee has done will be showcased during a rally as the Canada Winter Games Technical Review Committee returns for their last visit before making a final decision regarding who will host the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Red Deer is in the running with Lethbridge. An announcement of who the host community is will be made Sept. 4th.

The Red Deer is Ready rally is set to be held this Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Ross Street. All Red Deerians are asked to come down, wear red and get ready to cheer. The downtown street will be transformed into a ‘winter wonderland’ and it will be sure to impress. All of the sports which compete in the Winter Games will be showcased and some will even be interactive for participants. There will also be live entertainment on three different stages, bouncy castles for the kids, snowflakes and snowballs, among other highlights.

The Canada Winter Games Technical Review Committee will arrive in the downtown at 2 p.m., so folks are asked to make sure to attend the rally at that time.

Special guests Ron and Cari MacLean will also be on hand to support the cause as well as they were recently named as ‘honourary chairs’ to the Red Deer Bid Committee.

If Red Deer sees a successful bid, it will be an ideal chance for the City to update facilities and develop new ones. It’s also tremendous for the economy and an opportunity for officials to show off the City and Central Alberta in general. Red Deer is a very welcoming community and there is no doubt visitors will be given top-notch treatment during their time here.

Also, this wouldn’t be the first time the City has hosted a high-profile event that is similar in nature. The Alberta Winter Games was held here in 1998, and the Alberta Summer Games were hosted in 2006. Both required extensive planning and volunteer coordination to name just a couple of aspects. In both instances, Red Deerians did a fine job of putting together both events.

In terms of Friday’s event, we encourage all Red Deerians to come out and show their support for the bid.

When called upon, citizens in this community always come together and there is no better time to showcase that.

It’s Red Deer’s time to shine.

For more information check out www.reddeer.ca/reddeerisready or following facebook facebook.com/reddeerisready and Twitter @reddeer2019.