OUR VIEW: Building the community

It’s amazing what a few small, coloured building blocks can do.

Sure, they can form a variety of shapes and sizes. They can also be used to create massive models of things like fire trucks and mosaics. Heck, there are whole amusement parks dedicated to them.

Yet, it’s quite something to turn those building blocks into a one-day, fun-filled event for the whole family. It’s quite another to go ahead the next year and make the affair last an entire weekend. Could there be any better metaphor for building up our community?

Congratulations to the organizers of this years’ Sidney Family Day events — the folks from the Sidney Business Improvement Area (SBIA). Of course, local business owners, tourist attractions, volunteer groups and the Town of Sidney all played a big role. From Saturday to Monday over the long weekend, there was a lot to see and do and thousands of people came to town to see what the fuss was about.

Dedicated to the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department and its 100th anniversary this year, the weekend featured a lot of red trucks, black boots and baggy pants. These are the people who dedicate a significant portion of their time to keeping the community safe. It’s the least we can do to immortalize them (at least for a weekend) in Lego. Don’t worry, though. There’s more to come from the firefighters this year, so keep your eyes on the PNR.

Taking a great idea started by the Sidney Museum and Archives, the community has embraced Lego and are building on its popularity to create a signature family event. While there are certainly benefits for local merchants, it’s the kids — and kids at heart — who enjoy the event the most.

Well done, Sidney. With the Family Day long weekend at the base, there’s only one way to build: up.


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