Summer Sidewalk Sale expands with addition of Downtown Derby

A spin demonstration, live music, and a new downtown bike derby are among the attractions as the Prince Albert Downtown Business Improvement District (PADBID) hosts their second sidewalk sale of 2022 on Saturday.

PADBID co-executive director Rhonda Trusty said many of the ideas came from local businesses as they look for ways to bring more families to the area.

“I think it’s just a combination of us building upon what is already here with the Farmer’s Market and adding different elements through our Sidewalk Sales to enjoy downtown,” Trusty explained.

“It is just working together and trying to promote the downtown and show the benefits of the downtown.”

The idea started when PADBID approached The Spin S2dio to do demonstration downtown. The studio instructors agreed to bring their bikes downtown to show residents what a class looks like, and give interested people a chance to sign up.

Afterwards, they approached Fresh Air Experience about a possible even, and owner Mike Horn suggested bike event downtown.

“Mike came up with the idea of having a kids bike race in the City staff parking lot and it just kind of flowed from there with calling it the Downtown Derby,” Trusty explained.
“So here we are waiting for Saturday to be able to have some fun with the kids downtown,” she added.

The Prince Albert Police Service and Parkland Ambulance will both be in attendance on Saturday.

The Downtown Derby includes four categories with Trike, Training Wheels, Two Wheelers and Teens (13 and 14-year-olds) with Races starting at 2:30 p.m. Late registration will open at 1:45 p.m. The Prince Albert Police Service Speed Zone will also be present to check top speeds.

Helmets are mandatory and there is no entry fee, you can pre-register by emailing events@princealbertdowntown.ca. Contestants can also enter a win a kids bike.

The Farmer’s Market will be open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be a S2dio demo and open bike at 11 a.m.

There will be painting fun for kids from noon until 1 p.m. and face painting at 1:30 p.m. There will be music provided O’Kraut and the Grassy Blues from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. with additional seating provided in Memorial Garden.

“I really appreciate the willingness of O’Kraut and the Grassy Blues to provide entertainment,” Trusty said. “It gives them an opportunity to perform and just have some fun.”

Trusty explained that both bands are open to play until the event closes at 4 p.m.

The John V. Hicks Gallery will also be open at the Prince Albert Arts Centre,

Gateway Mall has a lot of their merchants participating, the retail stores along Central Avenue will be participating.

“It’s just an opportunity for people to come out and enjoy their downtown,” Trusty said.

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