Kinsmen Sidewalk Days is one of Moose Jaw’s largest annual events, and anyone visiting the downtown core over the next few days will see the crowds, vendors, and entertainment for themselves. 

Discover Moose Jaw’s Jordan Rivers was onsite for the Sidewalk Day number 1 on Thursday, where he chatted with residents and visitors to get their thoughts and impressions on the event. 

“I think it’s great, it’s a really full list of people,” said Kelly Carty. Carty works at the Tunnels of Moose Jaw and is on the board of the Moose Jaw Downtown Association. 

“There’s a lot of stuff, a lot of vendors, lot of foods, a lot of toys. Kids are great, and there’s no dogs or bicycles, which is great! 

“I’m here with my daughter, my son-in-law, and my two grandkids, on my lunch hour here. We love it. I work at the Tunnels, so we always get excited for Sidewalk Days because we can sample something different for lunch every day.” 

Carty said she loves to see representation from the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council, including foods from Africa and Southeast Asia. A more domestic chocolate-covered frozen banana was the best treat in the first half hour, although she noted that her grandson had eaten most of it. 

“I got one bite, and then my grandson ate the rest of it,” she laughed. “But I love those things and now he does, too, apparently.” 

“For me, it’s the food,” said Jayden Little, who was already well into enjoying the festival with his wife and child. 

“Sidewalk Days is one of my favourite events all year round. There’s not really many places where you can get dynamite roll and across the street get some Korean fried chicken. After that, a hot dog, some tacos, whatever you want. It’s here and it’s my favourite day. 

“The bison hot dog was incredible, I’m probably going to have a second one, and then I’m thinking there’s some interesting poutine flavours, and I’ll be darned if I don’t try at least two!” 

Jayden Little and his family (photo by Jordan Rivers)Jayden Little with his family (photo by Jordan Rivers)

Erin Hiscox was at Sidewalk Days with her husband and child. 

“It’s good to see a lot of people out and about in the community and Moose Jaw,” she said. “And yeah, lots of family time, it’s good to spend time with my husband and my little baby outside.” 

There are 9 blocks’ worth of vendors to check out at this year’s Sidewalk Days festival. Hiscox said they were about halfway through.  

The family’s highlight so far was just enjoying such a large community event. 

“It’s wonderful to see so many people out on a beautiful day,” she added. “Not a lot goes on in this city, and so to see the community get together and come and have fun outside, I think that’s my highlight.” 

The Moose Jaw Kinsmen Sidewalk Days festival starts at 10 a.m. each day, and wraps up on Saturday at 5 p.m. 

Erin Hiscox with her husband and baby, enjoying Sidewalk Days and the feeling of community unity (photo by Jordan Rivers)Erin Hiscox with her husband and baby, enjoying Sidewalk Days and the feeling of community unity (photo by Jordan Rivers)