Prince Albert getting ready for Kraft Celebration Tour

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Calling all Prince Albert residents -- the Kinsmen Water Park needs your votes.

Shannon Hurl, who nominated the Kinsmen Water Park for the Kraft Celebration Tour, talks with Leanne Bernardo of Mosaic about the Aug. 20 celebrations planned while outside of the park.

Representatives from TSN and Kraft were in Prince Albert on Wednesday to discuss the Kraft Celebration Tour and how residents can vote for Prince Albert to win the grand prize in the competition.

Prince Albert resident Shannon Hurl nominated the Kinsmen Water Park for the Kraft Celebration Tour.

“I never imagined in a million years that me getting mad and writing a letter in the middle of the night would do this,” she laughed.

Since writing her letter, Prince Albert was chosen as one of the top 10 communities in the country out of more than 500 nominations. 

The city was chosen due to a number of factors, said Kelly Fleming, Kraft Celebration Tour Brand manager.

“Really Prince Albert stood out because of the way in which they described the impact of the prizing,” she said. “First and foremost they really demonstrated how the $25,000 or the $100,000 would go towards repairing the water slides for the park

“Within the proposal and submission you can see how they have got the passion and the spirit,” she added. “There are so many examples of how the community has been using the park for the last 28 years and of course how they have been demonstrating the active living.”

There are a few different factors they look at when trying to determine the top 10 finalists, including the description of the impact and benefit of the prize, if the community is dedicated to healthy living, what they already have surrounding a healthy lifestyle and community pride and passion.

“I know that Prince Albert had a fantastic submission, just as the rest of out top 10 did, but really it was the passion around that Kinsmen Water Park, which you really do see in that pitch video,” Fleming said.

“We actually had a chance to come out to Prince Albert and film the community in the water park and pool and interacting with the current conditions and helping to pitch to the rest of Canada why they deserve the additional $75,000 and grand prize,” she added.

Kraft and TSN have been putting on the program for five years, helping 50 communities revitalize some of their places to place, Fleming explained.

“In Prince Albert’s submission, really they were able to demonstrate how they have the steadfast commitment to grassroots sports and recreation, through the waterslide, at their pool and their park and really it is how they have worn their community pride on their sleeves and really committed to the healthy, active living we are hoping to accomplish in Canada.”

Hurl is proud to what her letter helped bring to the community and was shocked when Prince Albert was announced as one of the top 10.

“The day they phoned, it was like someone had given me $25,000,” she said. “I was super pumped. I didn’t think anything would happen from it.”

Since voting for the project only occurs on July 21-22, Hurl is urging everyone in the community to vote.

“I would like everyone in Prince Albert to vote 50 times each. It is extremely important,” she said. “It is one of the most important things we can do right now. That is how we are going to get in there is we need to get the votes.”

To check out the top 10 submission videos and to find out more about the Kraft Celebration Tour, people can visit www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca.

“Canada now has the chance to see the top 10 pitch videos -- they are right online at and they are one minute videos that are really pitching why communities like Prince Albert deserve the additional $75,000,” Fleming said. “If you get online, take a look at the video, share it. The only entry in out top 10 from Saskatchewan, so you have a fantastic opportunity to appeal to the entire province really.”

Hurl said the Prince Albert local organizing committee has also started up a Facebook page for people to show their support called Save Our Summer, Save Our Slides.

“If anybody changes their signage, take a picture and post it on our (wall),” she said. “We want to know what is going on around P.A. We have been encouraging groups to get together and have parties so they can all sit around and vote.”

On voting day, Hurl said the city hopes to set up voting stations at the library, city hall and the Alfred Jenkins Field House.

“If you don’t have a computer, you can go there and vote. We are looking at possibly getting a hotspot for the water park that day so we have extra Wi-Fi around so people can vote.”

They are also looking for more volunteers, both to help with the Kraft Celebration Tour visit on Aug. 20 and with planning the event with the organizing committee. There will be a volunteer sign up event on Thursday at the water park.

“All the help we can get, we are looking for it,” Hurl said. “On Aug. 20, when TSN does come and Kraft, we need 80 volunteers that day.

That day, there will be a huge celebration, with activities for all ages and a live broadcast on TSN.

“It sounds like it will be a heck of a party. There will be a barbecue for 500 people, free samples, games galore -- I think it will be an awesome afternoon and anyone who watches TSN in this country, come and watch.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Curtis Olsen at 306-953-4812.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Alfred Jenkins Field House

Geographic location: Water Park, Canada, Saskatchewan

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