This year’s Moose Jaw Sidewalk Days Festival did not disappoint, as a full roster of vendors and thousands of excited visitors transformed downtown Moose Jaw into a bustling hub of activity. From the ground, it appeared as though the entire city was there. 

A wide array of sights and sounds greeted those in attendance, with nearly everything the city has to offer on display. Handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing and everything in between drew in eager shoppers as a staggering variety of food trucks and stands had hundreds lining up to get a taste of their festival favourites. 

While every facet of the event drew considerable attention, the Third Annual Battle of the Bands in particular drew in quite a crowd as Jerkstore, Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities and Lights Out brought their A-game in a rock and roll showdown on the main stage for hundreds of spectators. 

Tourism Moose Jaw’s Jacki L’Heureux-Mason took a moment away from her duties in running the city's biggest event to speak about how this year’s festival turned out. 

“You plan this for 11 months out of the year, and you just hope everything’s going to work out,” said L’Heureux-Mason.  

“I really think we are batting 1000 this year, everybody was where they needed to be, the weather cooperated the way we needed to have it. I don't think I can say there’s a bad thing. It’s pretty perfect.” 

Running an event of this scale is no small task either, considering the growth it has seen year over year. 

“Prior to this, the most vendors, the most vendor spots we’ve ever had was 210, so to say I was a little nervous about 249 is probably an understatement. But (Trish German) did a great job, and got them all snugly tucked in,” said L’Heureux-Mason. 

As the number of vendors grew so did the variety of goods and experiences they had to offer, said L’Heureux-Mason. 

“The amount of creativity people have just blows my mind... it was just a really nice mix and balance of everything, we are really happy.” 

While an official count is not available, the organizers estimate that upwards of 22,000 people attended this year's festivities.