Days are back this year.
After a year's absence because of COVID, everyone is excited to get back into celebration mode.
And to make this year's event even more special, it's being held in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary of the discovery of Scotty the T.rex, the world’s largest T.rex.
The Town of Eastend is set to host its three-day summer festival this coming weekend (July 23-25).
“Everyone is very excited and happy to have Dino Days back this year,” said Rosa Vazquez-Ring, Eastend's tourism and economic development officer. “We couldn't have Dino Days last year because of Covid, so I think everyone is looking forward to getting out and having some fun and celebrating our community and surrounding area.”
The event kicks off with a blast Friday night with the traditional fireworks display at the Eastend Campground.
One of the highlights on Saturday will be the Dino Days parade, which will start at the campground at 11 a.m., and follow a route that goes down Tamarack Ave. to Redcoat Drive, before circling back towards the campground on Birch Ave. and Pottery Street.
Saturday will also feature a full line-up of other activities throughout the day including a trade show and Taste of the Southwest at the Town Square, home run derby, beer gardens, and all-day activities at the T. rex Discovery Centre.
The official grand opening of the Eastend Historical Museum will also take place on Saturday starting at 4 pm and running until 7:30 pm. The event will include live music (by Stewart Tasche & His Band), along with crafts for kids and food (chili, buns and refreshments).
The library will also be hosting an all day Storytrail event at the Eastend Library lawn.
On Sunday there will be a Light Horse Show starting at 8 am, an Eastend Community Service at the United Church (10 am), a best ball golf tournament starting at 12:30 pm and an afternoon potluck at the Eastend Historical Museum.
“We hope everyone can come and join us for the activities,” said Vazquez-Ring.
To find out more information about the celebration check the Town of Eastend’s website and Facebook Page.
Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard