It only made sense that the Grey Cup made its way to football crazy Yorkton as part of its VIA Rail tour as the train, which is making stops in Regina, Saskatoon, and Moose Jaw continued its trek across Canada. The train is commemorating the 100th Grey Cup which is taking place in Toronto on November 25th and features many historical and current CFL artifacts. Everything from current player lockers from all CFL teams, to vintage Grey Cup and CFL highlights playing on high definition television, the train itself was a piece of Canadian football history and was more of a museum than a train car.
The train car also featured a cabin that had former Grey Cups and memorabilia as well as information and murals of famous and infamous Grey Cup moments to educate a younger generation on the country’s highest football trophy. The Grey Cup itself was a main attraction as the trophy needed to be stored outside due to the sheer congestion of the event, which attracted roughly over five hundred people.
The day also served a fundraising purpose as Dow Agrosciences had a fundraiser in conjunction with the Food Grains Bank at the event. Dow Agrosciences went to six farming communities as conjunction with the tour and also has a facebook page for the “Nexera Thank You Train” according to Loralee Orr. Orr mentioned that for every “like” on the facebook page that $2 would be donated to the Food Grains Bank with a final goal of $5, 000. Orr says the page is a huge part of the train as it helps those who are less fortunate have food to eat and helps out with the support they give the food bank throughout the year.
Dow Agrosciences said that they were thankful for the opportunity to partner up with the CFL and farming communities in the train tour as well as for the opportunity to thank local farmers as well as raise money for charity at the event.
Dow Agrosciences also had a tent event where kids could throw at a target for a chance to win $100 of CFL merchandise. The event was a major attraction despite being during the day on a Tuesday and generated a lot of city excitement and also featured the YRHS marching band which performed several compositions for all those on hand. The YRHS junior and senior football teams were also on hand attending the event.