The weather held out for the five EPS members and friends atop the entrance to the south side Cabella’s over the weekend. Those five and three more at the north side store combined to collect about $20,000.00 for the Special Olympics.
EPS Constable Amanda Trenchard says the weather was more than cooperative and that led to a few hijinks.
“I think the most fun they had was the water fights during the day with the kids. They got pretty crazy, we almost had to define a splash zone. Customers trying to get into the store were getting pretty wet.”
It was all in good fun, thought, and Trenchard says no one seemed to mind.
It was busy by day with lots to do and see.
“We did a scavenger hunt this year with a kind of junior officer training program, and that seemed to go over really well. The kids were racing around trying to get answers from the officers and find the stuff inside the store, so that was really neat. Then we had another little contest where the officers had some give-away prizes and they were asking kids questions and the kids had to answer.”
The campers went up at 11:00 Friday Morning and came down at 4:00 Sunday for a total of 55 hours.
Trenchard says it’s tough to say which side pulled in the most, and while the total is still being summed up, it looks like each location brought in about $10,000.00 each.
The Calgary location also participated this year, and Trenchard says she hopes to have first responders atop all the Cabella’s in Canada in support of our Special Olympians in the years to come.