Shrine-A-Rama Day on June 4: FMX bike show, bouncy castles, street hockey, and more

May 18, 2023, 2:33 pm
Sierra D'Souza Butts

Wet & Wild will be bringing inflatable beach balls, hoppy horses, bouncy castles and a mechanical bull to Shrine-A-Rama Day in Moosomin on June 4, hosted by the Moosomin Shriner Club.

Moosomin Shrine-A-Rama Day will be filled with events including two Global FMX bike show performances, Wet & Wild inflatable beach balls and bouncy castles, a street hockey tournament, a basketball free throw contest, a food court full of local restaurants, and an archery demonstration by Fleming Archery, it will be happening on Sunday June 4.

The Moosomin Shrine Club has sometimes hosted a circus in the past, however this year, they chose a different type of entertainment for their annual fundraising event.

“The main attraction is the Global FMX which is freestyle motocross, snowmobile, they do flips and jumps. It’s a 90 minute show,” said Leo Ilustrisimo of the Moosomin Shrine Club.

Global FMX will be coming to Moosomin on Shrine-A-Rama Day to perform two shows at 1 p.m. and at 5 p.m.<br />

“Way back the Shriners always had a circus and because of all the animal rights concerns, we couldn’t do the circus anymore so we were looking for other ways of entertaining people and that’s how we came about this.

“This is the first year we’re doing it, and if it is successful, they might adopt it in other towns and go across Saskatchewan.”

Global FMX is based out of Kelowna, BC. They will be performing in Estevan on June 3 and in Moosomin on June 4.

The two shows in Moosomin will be happening at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the parking lot and field of McNaughton High School.

“One of the members of the Southeast Shrine club—the people who are doing the show in Estevan—he works in Moosomin and he approached us asking if we would be interested in doing a show like this in town,” said Ilustrisimo.

“We said we would give it a shot and see if it works. Our club first approached it by reaching out to sponsors to sell tickets for kids, that way Grade 1 to Grade 8 students can go in for free.”

Because the event is hosted by the Moosomin Shrine Club, the Southeast Shrine Club, and the Wa Wa Shriners, the proceeds from Shrine-A-Rama Day will be split among the three groups.

“The funds will be split between Wa Wa, Southeast Shrine Club, and Moosomin Shrine Club,” Ilustrisimo said.

“It’s a three-way split, and some of the proceeds will go towards the Patient Transport Fund. That covers the cost for transportation from when you leave your house to get to the Shrine hospital, and then to come back.

“All of the expenses are covered and that’s for the Patient Transport Fund because how it’s set up is all of the Shrine hospitals have their own funding and provincial clubs are responsible for transporting the patients from that province. The local share will go towards local community projects, it will be up to our group to decide.”

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1,500 kids tickets sponsored by local businesses
The Moosomin Shrine Club reached out to local business in the area to get their sponsorship to purchase tickets for students from Grade 1 to Grade 8.

Based on the support from local businesses, the Shriners were able to purchase 1,500 tickets for students from Moosomin, Rocanville, Kipling, Esterhazy and other communities in the area, in order for kids to attend the show for free.

“The idea was brought up by one of our Shrine members, and I’m happy to say that the business community in the area got behind us and we were able to secure 1,500 tickets,” said Ilustrisimo.

“We were able to distribute that to the surrounding schools, Moosomin, Rocanville, Maryfield, Wawota, Kennedy, Kipling, Elkhorn. We were able to provide tickets to Grade 1 to Grade 8 students.”

Ilustrisimo said he was happy to see the support from local businesses.

“A lot of the work was selling it to the businesses, and we’re really thankful for them helping us behind everything,” he said.

“At first I wasn’t sure how it was going to work, but during the first week of us going out asking for sponsorships we sold about 800 tickets.

“I knew that this was going to be a good project, and because we’re coming out of Covid, we haven’t really had any big events in town. This will be one of the big events that we’re having in town for this year.”

For students whose tickets have already been purchased, but who are not be able to attend the show, Ilustrisimo requested for them to let the Shriners know.

“The tickets that we gave away to the kids, if somehow they can’t make it that day, we ask they please give the tickets back to the schools so they can be redistributed to someone who can attend the show,” he said.

Advance tickets selling until June 3
People can purchase advance tickets for $25 at the World-Spectator, Cork & Bone Bistro, and Mullett’s Home Hardware in Moosomin, as well as Co-operators - Moore Agencies in Whitewood.

On the day of the event, tickets will be $30 at the gate.

“We already sold 1,500 tickets, if we sell another 500 we’re thinking there could be more than 2,000 people,” he said.

“It’s going to be a full day, there’s a 1 p.m. show and a 5 p.m. show, but there’s going to be stuff happening all around.”

The restaurants that will be present at the event are Cork & Bone Bistro, The Red Barn, and TJ’s Pizza.

Ilustrisimo said the Shriners are happy to have other community groups and people in town volunteer to help with the day.

“We have all hands on deck, we’ve recruited help from some other organizations,” he said.

“Age Friendly is helping us with the drinks station, the Filipino community is helping us run the Wet & Wild activities, and the Knights of Columbus are helping us as well.”

He said him and the Shriners are excited for the event.

“We just want everyone to show up and get advance tickets because it’s $25 if you buy it now and $30 if you buy it at the gate,” he said.

“It’s going to be fun. We’re hoping the weather is going to cooperate.”

 The mechanical bull.