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Fun for everyone at Kinsmen

Slo-Pitch Tournament

Mikaela Kuefler businesses, and beer gardens. Due to constantly looking at new ideas and everybody," advises Biggar.
rezoning of the vendor area, this issues. We have an expansive list of Proceeds will be determined after all
The Kinsmen Club held their common area is now called thoughts and ideas to change and bills are paid and will go towards
annual Slo-Pitch tournament from Kinsmen Village. Attendance in the upgrade our tournament for next paying off the Kinsmen Spray Park.
July 29 until August 1, at Vision village was good this year, possibly year. We try and keep it fun for
Park. due to the rain drawing people out
There were 148 teams in total, from the campground to the beer
including the 20 teams playing in gardens. “Even though it rained
the invitational. The invitational quite a bit, people still enjoyed
accommodated more teams after the themselves,” mentioned Martel.
scheduling was completed for the The Kinsmen Club switched to
other divisions. Labatt as the major liquor supplier
For the first time this year, teams and main sponsor for the 2016
could register online, under the tournament. Molson Canadian had
Kinsmen Tournament website. the title in previous years.
The tournament held slo-pitch This year, the club organized a
games and additional events for golf cart shuttle to provide rides to
registered players to take part in, those staying at the Kin Kamper
such as the Home Run Derby and Village. The shuttle went back and
the Throwing Relay Race. forth between the campground and
The Home Run Derby was played the Kinsmen Village, even going up
by men and women on the Friday to player's games. “People like
and Saturday. Fifty-two men rides. They don't like walking.
registered for their event, which was Twenty four diamonds doesn't seem
a success. “Some guys really like a big area until you walk all the
crushed it. One guy crushed the ball way. The shuttle is important when
so hard, it went into the parking lot it's dark or when you're carrying all
and, unfortunately, went through your ball gear after playing a game,”
one of the umpire's car windshield,” states Biggar.
reported Kinsmen Club Vice As usual, there was also a free bus
President and Tournament service, shuttling people to and from
Chairman, Darrin Martel. town. This service was hired to
Rotary hosts soggy but cheerful The ladies derby also went well deter people from drinking and
campers at Kinsmen Slo-Pitch and had thirty competitors, with driving.
some really big hitters. Entertainment for the weekend had
by Deanna Mitchener A new event held by the a DJ lined up for Friday and
tournament was the Throwing Relay Saturday night. On Sunday, the
There were a lot of soggy, but cheerful campers at the 2016 Kinsmen Slo-Pitch Tournament this past weekend. Race, where competitors throw the opening band, David and the Titans
The Rotary Club of Edson, who was pleased to operate the campground for the Edson Kinsmen Association, (Edmonton) and Econoline Crush
hosted about 1,500 people at the campground on the wet and wonderful weekend of July 29. ball around the bases. Both men and played. Sunday night also had an
"The ball players didn't let the rain get them down and managed to have a good time, in spite of the damp weather women were invited to participate 80's theme night and prizes for those
and were ultimately a pretty well-behaved, enthusiastic group as evidenced by many soaking wet neon 80s costumes, but the women's race had a lack of participating.
a banana, a group of green men, and even a Pikachu," said Shari McDowell with Rotary. interest and was cancelled. Women Security was provided by
All proceeds from the campground will be used on community and international aid projects, including initiatives who had already registered their volunteers at the gates as well as by
like the Wellness Project at the new Edson Healthcare Centre, and Rotary Sundays in the Park. “The Club has been teams received a gift in apology. the RCMP. “The RCMP coming out
running a campground in tandem with the Kinsmen Slo-Pitch Tournament for six years. The last two have been One reason for the lack of interest and being visible really helps our
behind the diamonds in direct partnership with the Kinsmen,” said McDowell. was that, since there was often four tournament and helps people
“There were about 10 Rotarians and many volunteers to help with the campground this year, which included women on a team, there may be behave. It brings misbehaviour
everything from organizing, assigning the campsites, making trips with fencing and gear, surveying and pounding only three women interested in the down to a minimum. We really
stakes, cooking delicious meals for volunteers, and much more,” said McDowell. appreciate their time,” advises
Although it was a lot of work the volunteers had a lot of fun too. “This is one of the Rotary Club of Edson's biggest event –an amount too small to Biggar.
fundraisers of the year and it wouldn't be a success without the help of dedicated local volunteers and businesses, as register with. Other volunteers and non-profit
well as help from the Kinsmen,” said McDowell. Fourteen men's teams registered organizations helped out, such as the
for the relay race, a winner take all Rugby Club, Sacred Heart Church
30 event. The men reached a recorded Catholic Women's League, Kinettes, Darcy Tollefson focuses on pitching the ball during one of the final
time of under six seconds. “It was the Rotary Club and the K40's. "We games his team, the OJ's Giants, played in the Kinsmen Slo-Pitch
Cut Line - Shari McDowell, Troy Sorenson, Doug Woodhouse, Sheila Eaton along with Jakob Sorenson, Rotary's really fast. We scheduled two hours use the tournament to help other tournament. photo Stephanie Babych
youngest volunteer, were registering campers for the Kinsmen Slo-Pitch Tournament on July 29. photo Deanna but it was done in 10-15 minutes,” non-profit groups to help raise
Mitchener said Martel. money by coming out here and Meet Rocky. He is 8-10
The tournament also hired carded working different portions of the weeks old and is a big
umpires for the games but because tournament. The Rotary club uses cuddler who likes to give
the Kinsmen Tournament has its the funds raised to help 4-H. That kisses.
own rules, umpires had to be group also benefits," said Biggar.
debriefed. “We're not a sanctioned The tournament ran fairly Rocky is good with kids,
tournament. When we have carded smoothly, with the exception of one cats and dogs and is
umpires, they have their own hiccup in the beginning of the available for foster to adopt
definitions of what they normally tournament. There were some errors until he is finished his shots
do. We have to educate them and be on the phone out sheet and the and is neutered.
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