Time to vote for Kraft Celebration Tour

Jodi Schellenberg
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It is the two days everyone has been waiting for -- time to vote for the Prince Albert Kinsmen Water Park in the Kraft Celebration Tour.

Voting for the competition opened Monday morning and will continue until 10 p.m. on Tuesday. To celebrate the voting period, a free barbecue was held at the water park on Monday.

“I’m not exactly sure how many people came through but it was busy, especially at the beginning because we had the lessons and kids in the park,” said Curtis Olsen, recreation director for the city. “A pretty good number of people from the public came up later. We went until 1 p.m. and I think it was really good.”

In addition to a free hot dog and drink, a box of Kraft Dinner was also given to everyone at the event, donated by the Prince Albert Co-op.

“We just want to thank the Co-op for their generous donation to allow us to do that today,” Olsen said.

There has been lots of support from everyone in the community so far, including many businesses. Many have been changing their signs to ask people to go online and vote.

“I think there has been lots of promotion of it and I just want to thank everyone for doing that,” Olsen said.

Many people have also been spreading the message through Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Olsen encourages everyone in the city to get online and vote.

“That is what we need right now is everyone in the city, surrounding area and across the province to be voting for us,” he said. “Just go to the Kraft Celebration Tour website. They have pretty good directions to follow. You can vote as many times as possible and it doesn’t matter if you are doing it on a phone or a computer, you can vote on those devices as many times as possible.”

Prince Albert residents are already getting into the voting mode. Melanie Johnson was at the barbecue with her family and was ready to go home and vote -- although she had not been on the website yet, she planned to vote as much as possible for the two days.

“We moved here a few years ago but every year we are at the water park at least once a week -- we love our water slides,” Johnson said. “I hope it happens. We are really missing them this year. We would love to have them back.”

Those who may not have a computer at home or a smart phone can visit one of the two voting stations set up by the city. One is at City Hall, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the other is at the Alfred Jenkins Field House, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

When he spoke to the staff at the field house, Olsen was told about 20 people had already been through in the morning.

“Obviously a lot of people have computers and the cellphones nowadays, but we are happy people are taking advantage of those if they need to,” Olsen said.

The main thing is to go to www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca to vote.

“I want to encourage people to vote -- every vote counts. I saw a message today that someone put …  the winning community had over one million votes (last year), so we are going to need everyone’s votes.”  

Organizations: Prince Albert, Alfred Jenkins Field House

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