.Thousands of snowballs flew through the air in Victoria Park Sunday afternoon as Saskatoon residents took aim at a world record.
The numbers are not yet official, but more than 8,000 people had officially registered, with thousands more watching and lobbing their white projectiles from outside the barrier.
Saskatoon’s snowball fight, attended by CBC’s Rick Mercer, Mayor Don Atchison and the Canadian national snowball fighting team, appears to have the mark of 5,834 set by the city of Seattle.
“I wanted to be in a world record,” said nine-year-old Miya McClelland, who came to the park with parents Ryan and Jackie and little sister, Lexi. Miya said she threw three herself, and got hit a few times as well.
Following a 10 second countdown from the grandstand near the skateboard park, everyone fired snowballs for 60 seconds to make the attempt official. More than 200 volunteers helped out, including a team of scrutineers to ensure the integrity of the festivities.
“There were so many people here,” said volunteer Danielle Hopkins.
Some giggled and laughed, others yelled or groaned as they were hit. A few confused toddlers began to cry in the chaos, but then smiled when they were given snowballs to throw.
“It was fun!” said Erica Buhler, who came with older brother, Hayden and parents Peter and Andrea...Continue reading...