The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Sidewalk Days festival begins today, July 4, and ends on Saturday, July 6, and is one of the biggest events of the year, filling up Moose Jaw's downtown with over 200 vendors, two live music stages, a Battle of the Bands on Saturday, an incredible variety of foods, and more.

"We have every single things (in terms of vendors), I swear," said Sydney Woodrow, a summer student and co-ordinator for the festival. 

"We have lots of shopping," agreed Paige McClinton, Woodrow's counterpart on the Sidewalk Days organizing committee. "Food, handcrafted items, informational booths about different areas in town and in Saskatchewan."

Magic by Chris will be roaming the events, the Moose Jaw Ford Children's Village area is packed with 10 bouncy castles (a record-setting number), there is live music every day, display vehicles on the east side of Main Street, Deja Vu Cafe is bringing back bouncy castle jousting and bungie running for teens and adults, and there is much more.

Festival chair Jacki L'Heureux-Mason said that one of the highlights for her would be the flybys by military pilots from 15 Wing Moose Jaw.

"We've always had some sort of involvement, I think, but ... this year we'll be able to put our eyes to the sky and see some of the Tutors go by, the Harvard jets, and the Snowbirds!

"We've having two per day on Thursday and Friday. It won't be full formation, but there will be two to four Snowbirds going by, as well. We're lucky, we get to see them all the time. I have yet to see anything quite as cool as standing on Main St. and seeing them do their flyby."

L'Heureux-Mason also wanted to emphasize that bicycles, skateboards, and pets should not be brought to Sidewalk Days.

"We are a team of dog lovers to the nth degree ... and a lot of people are going to think that heat isn't going to be a big deal this year. It is, it's always hotter for the dogs, but also the crowds just bring out a lot of behaviour in a lot of dogs that you cannot predict.

"And then skateboards and bicycles. You can walk your bike downtown ... and your skateboard, but you are not going to be able to avoid a darting-out grandma or a child who lets go of their mother's hand for a second. ... We just ask, please, do everything you can to help us be safe."