The 2018 Homehardware Canada Cup of Curling may be over now but its impact will last a lot longer. And while the total numbers aren't in just yet, it has been a great event for Estevan and the southeast to host.
"It was really great," shared Rebecca Westling Destination Marketing and Communications Consultant with the City of Estevan. "We heard a lot of feedback from folks who attended the event, residents and visitors alike said that it was really smooth and it was a great event held at our facility."
"Curl Canada and the City and the organization committee really did great at coming together. Curl Canada is experts at running these types of events and we picked up on the direction that we needed to go and it really had a great impact on our community."
"It really demonstrated our ability to host national events like this and it put us in a great position to be able to host other national events like this."
She added that ticket sales overall went really well.
"It was a little slow coming up to the event but the folks that bought tickets at the box office the days of, that really impacted the event."
Overall, around 13,700 tickets were sold.
Final numbers on just how that impacted the city and surrounding areas won't be known for some time but Westling shared that impacts could reach for years. She noted the increased business for taxis, restaurants, entertainment, accommodations, shopping, and other facilities around the area.
Westling singled out the volunteers who made this event run so smooth.
"We couldn't hold events like that without having the great people in our community. Those volunteers that come together as a team and have an end goal in sight really make our community come closer and that really impacts other residents and other people in our community with that sense of pride."
"Showcasing our community in that national spotlight was really cool. Seeing the city of Estevan up on TSN broadcasting nationally and everyone really took a liking to that."
Estevan's MLA, Lori Carr was also in attendance and shared her thoughts about the event.
"When you get that calibre of curlers in your own community, you need to be really proud. And the volunteers here have just been doing a bang-up job. We needed a little lifter upper and this is something that is helping with that. Just with the economy and the way things are going, this is helping."