A sea of green in Bienfait

Bienfait was taken over with green jerseys and Saskatchewan Roughriders merchandise at the Rider Block Party presented by Special Blend and hosted at the Bienfait Memorial Arena Aug. 11.

Riders players and cheerleaders, a silent auction, Riders inflatables and a number of other activities were available to those who came out from the surrounding communities.

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“Any chance we can get to have celebrities come out to the community, and do something this awesome, is really amazing,” said Amanda Pukas, chairperson for the Bienfait recreational board.

“We’re fortunate enough that Bienfait is a great community, with great people. It takes a lot of hours to set up something like this and we want to thank all the volunteers that helped get everything ready for today.”

Bienfait was selected to host the Rider Block Party through an online vote, along with five other communities throughout Saskatchewan.

Naaman Roosevelt, Willie Jefferson, Charleston Hughes, Eddie Steele and Christion Jones were the five Riders who attended the event. The players signed autographs and answered questions for fans while the Rider hype squad gave out Roughrider merchandise to the crowd.

Entry to the event was free and money raised from the activities as well as food, drink, and liquor sales will be donated to the groups who helped make the event possible

“A mixture of everyone from the rink, the curling rink, minor baseball and minor hockey, whatever is fundraised tonight will be split up among those groups to help support the community,” Said Pukas.

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