Thoen came agonizingly close to becoming last year’s Saskatchewanderer. After his attempt, Thoen began an internship at the Daily Herald.
At noon on Wednesday, the third-year commerce student at the University of Saskatchewan had racked up almost 1,600 votes on the “I love Saskatchewan Summer!” video contest’s website.
“The contest is about promoting tourism in Saskatchewan. We have a one-minute video to try and pack as many good times in as possible,” Thoen said.
In the video, Thoen promotes a collection of activities, events and historic sites, as well as the scenery and wildlife that the province has to offer. Mostly shot in the north, Thoen includes clips of Ness Creek and Grey Owl’s cabin.
Also included are stunts for various water and extreme sports, such as surfing, wakeboarding and skydiving.
“It was kind of tough to squeeze in all the fun that could be had in Saskatchewan, but I think we did a really good job,” Thoen said. “My brother co-created the video. He runs a freelance video-editing company, so it worked out well.”
The grand prize is $4,000 cash, with three GoPro Camera packages plus $500 cash serving as secondary prizes. Prizes are awarded based on a decision made by a panel of judges and the number of votes a video receives.
Thoen’s video can be viewed and voted for at:
The contest closes Sept. 17.