The Arcola Optimist Club is gearing up for their 26th annual snowmobile rally, which brings in a large number of proceeds that are donated back into the surrounding area.
Glen Lawson Secretary/ Treasurer of the Arcola Optimist Club, "We're going on Saturday, January 26th, we start with breakfast in the morning, everything is at Prairie Place Hall in Arcola. We start with breakfast at 8 o'clock in the morning, the Fire Fighters do that for us. Rally registration is from 10-12, and then in the afternoon hopefully there is a trail. Right now we haven't had a lot of snow grooming done cause there really isn't enough snow. But we're hoping to have some snow by then. We're going to go with that date anyway and anyone can register for rider prizes. Hopefully, we'll have a trail and our 10 to 12 thousand dollars in prizes for riders."
Lawson explains where the funds are going this year, "From our rally proceeds, we've committed to donating 11 thousand dollars towards the Lampman Pool Project. Last year we donated to the water slide project at the Carlyle pool. So we're sort of continuing on with that theme, and we get a lot of support from the Lampman area. We don't have a pool in Arcola, so Carlyle and Lampman are our pools."
The Optimist Club is looking forward to some changes in 2019, "And another big project we've got going on is we're going to move the big RV park that's presently near the playground. We're going to move it up near Prairie Place on the east side of the hall there. That's in the works for spring and that's where are lottery proceeds are going to go. And then as far as money from the sponsorship from the ride itself, we have the Viper's volleyball club, Moose mountain wildlife, the karate club, and Arcola Prairie place. The Arcola day car, the Arcola curling club all selling tickets for us and they share in the proceeds from the day. In addition, the Guides and Brownies do some table bussing for us, and they get something out of it. The 4H club does some cleaning for us, the grad class sells popcorn up there so its kind of a community fundraiser. And there's a lot of different groups that are involved with us."
The rally is set to take place Saturday, January 26th and you can check back to DiscoverEstevan.com for more updates to follow.