First-ever torch relay to stop in Humboldt

A stop in Humboldt will be part of the first cross-country torch relay for the Canada Winter Games.

The torch started its journey at the Centennial Flame in Ottawa Oct. 4. It will stop in Humboldt Nov. 7 before it goes west to BC. It will loop back and reach the games’ host community of Red Deer for the opening ceremonies.

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There will be a celebration at Jubilee Hall from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, with a ceremony during the noon hour.

“We’ll have a lighting ceremony with representatives from the Canada Games, the mayor will say something, somebody from MNP as well and we’ll cap it off with a charity barbeque that’s being put on by the Humboldt Co-op,” said Kevin Meldrum with MNP, which is sponsoring the torch relay.

“It’s a great way to support the community, it’s a great way to support amateur athletics and being that it’s the first one, it’s a historic event, so I think it’d be fantastic for everyone in the community to come out and support it.”

The money raised during the event will be donated to KidSport.

After the torch leaves Humboldt, it will head toward Prince Albert and Saskatoon.

“I think it’s great that the torch is making a lot of stops in smaller communities across the country, Humboldt being one of them,” Meldrum said. “It brings such a great vibe to the community, there’s such a strong community involvement when it stops at a small location and we’re really looking forward to it.”

The torch will stop at the Uniplex’s Jubilee Hall from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

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