Worlds Largest Snowball Fight

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You can go skydiving or bungee jumping any day of the week, but taking part in a record setting gigantic snowball fight only happens once in a lifetime. To wrap up the final day of the PotashCorp WinterShines festival, over 8,200 people under the guidance of Team Canada Yukigassen smashed the Guinness World Record for the largest snowball fight. The previous record was a 5,834 person event held in Seattle and we only needed to surpass their record by a single person. However, in true Saskatchewan fashion we smashed the record with an unofficial attendance of over 8,200 snowballers. Even better than the huge turnout was the composition of the crowd. When I think of a snowball fight I immediately think of the elementary schoolyard at recess, but yesterday’s snow battle was for everyone. You didn’t need to be a kid to have fun. There were of course many children, but also university students, people who had just finished work for the day - I even chatted with an 84-year-old woman who was so excited I could have easily mistaken her for a teenager. A number of participants I spoke to mentioned one person in particular as their reason for attending - Rick Mercer. He stood unwavering atop a central pile of snow and faced a massive barrage of snowballs for the entire duration of the battle. Whether you consider Rick a journalist, a comedian, or simply a cool Canadian - it was great having him on hand. If you’re interested in following Saskatchewan based Team Canada Yukigassen as they travel to Japan to compete in the 28th annual Showa Shinzan International World Championships head over to their website or follow them via one of their many social media streams.

Guinness World Record Snowball Fight

To be smack in the middle of over 8,000 people setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest snowball fight right here in Saskatchewan - so awesome! Huge congrats to Yukigassen - Road to Glory for successfully organizing such an amazing event and way to go Rick Mercer Report for toughing out such a massive barrage.

Posted by The Saskatchewanderer on Sunday, January 31, 2016