The 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne is cause for celebration, and in Humboldt, the historic event will be marked with a gathering and events in Water Ridge Park. Humboldt Celebrates Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee goes this Friday, August 12. 

Andrea Tonn is the recreation and community events coordinator with the City of Humboldt's Community and Leisure Services Department. She explains the background.

“Essentially, it marks the Queen’s 70th year of reign, so that’s kind of a special event in itself. To honour that, we’ve got some activities, and they are all free at Water Ridge Park.”

Among those activities are inflatable fun and other activities geared for kids, who are invited to come dressed as kings and queens. Those activities run from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. 

Cricket Saskatoon will be on hand at 6:00 pm to put on a demonstration of the sport that still has a strong foothold in Great Britain and other Commonwealth Nations. The idea is to introduce a sport to the community that many people may not have experienced. 

At 8:00 people can gather lakeside for the Water Lantern ceremony. Inclement weather during the Humboldt Sizzler prevented the launch of the lanterns earlier in the summer. The hope is that drier weather in August will cooperate with the event that could become a beautiful community tradition. 

“At 8:30 we have the movie Sing 2,” says Tonn, “So everybody bring your lawn chairs, your blankets, and it should be a pleasant, kind of ‘hanging out’ day for the family.”

All events are free this Friday at Water Ridge Park.