Lake Lenore Heatwave is back this summer –

Like any event that didn’t happen during the pandemic, this year’s Lake Lenore heat wave is hoping to bounce back stronger than ever. The fun is scheduled for July 8-10. The annual event that celebrates the vibrant village incorporates some new features and combines with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of St. Anthony Parish. Event Chairman Scott Lessmeister talks about the return of the festival and what to expect.

“The Heatwave has been our signature summer event for many years, and this year we are also adding a homecoming as well as a celebration in conjunction with St. Anthony Parish which is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer. ”

The Lake Lenore Sports Field will be the center of much of the activity with slow pitch, kids’ activities and a cleat ball for the competition set. Children’s activities will include bouncy castles and the always entertaining frog races. The spike ball is a relatively new addition that combines the action of volleyball with the frenetic movement of trampolines to propel spikes.

During the last heat wave, the committee introduced the Bunnock, a popular combination of bocci and bowling that uses horse ankle bones made from plastic. The traditional sport of Russian immigrants has found popularity in parts of Saskatchewan and has made its way to Lake Lenore.

No heat wave celebration would be complete without Lake Lenore’s famous pork loin supper, says Lessmeister.

“It’s very well prepared grilled pork loin with browned butter new potatoes, and of course you have all the toppings and salads.”

For the first year in many years, a parade returns as part of the package. The last parade was attached to Homecoming 2005 in Lake Lenore, Lessmeister says, so it will be a welcome return. The committee is looking for businesses, organizations and families to provide entries to the parade by contacting the committee. A farmers’ market at the Community Hall will feature local produce, pastries and crafts, and Saturday night entertainment will end with a fireworks display.

Then on Sunday, as part of the parish’s 100th anniversary, Lessmeister talks about a special concert in the works.

“We will be hosting an organ concert with some of Lake Lenore’s former organ players to provide a concert that will really showcase and showcase the pipe organ we have in our church.”

The concert will follow a pancake breakfast and a mass. The concert has so far brought together five former organists and promises to be a nostalgic moment that showcases the majestic sound of the famous pipe organ.

Passes are now available for the event which will include dinner and dancing as well as admission to all activities. Early bird passes are available for just $55 for adults and $25 for youth ages 6-14 until April 30. After that, Heatwave passes cost $65 for adults and $55 for youth.

Parade registrants, those seeking information, and those wishing to purchase tickets in advance can visit the Lake Lenore Heatwave Facebook page. Once again, all activity resumes on the weekend of July 8-10.

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