Prince Albert Tales
Toward the end of 1999 I remember contemplating how Prince Albert might celebrate the arrival of the new millennium - the 2000’s. Our city had derived its character from many diverse influences - aboriginals, fur traders, Métis, missionaries, and a multitude of immigrants from around the world. Prince Albert was, as 1999 drew to a close, a truly multi cultural center. Each ingredient had contributed richly to the character of the city. I thought, “How can we best honour, recognize, and appreciate all that we have?”
Lions will roar for a number of reasons: to attract members of the opposite sex (some things never change), to warn other lions to stay away from a claimed kingdom, and to intimidate possible enemies. Lions in their natural habitat are found in only a few parts of the world. Lions are predators; it is natural for them to hunt. They need to be respected.
If a teenager born in Canada were to ask her/his mother such a question, she might gasp and say, “What kind of question is that? Doesn’t your school teach you anything?” Well, that is just the question I had to ask my mother when I filled out my ‘Registration Form’ to enter high school - way back in the 1950’s.
“Know your customer. Remember - she/he - is your customer. And above all know your product.” These were Gene Kapacila’s guide lines for more than 35 years in the sporting business, a business that has recently moved into a show case store. The attractiveness of the new site is a testament to what Gene and his wife have created in Prince Albert. It is a Family Business built on family values.
Kids Jumping Castles, Police Cars on Display – sirens, lights, on the go, Fire Trucks with ladders in the sky, Pony Rides, Free Popcorn, Magicians, Jugglers, Bands Pumping Out Music, People Salsa Dancing on City Hall Steps, Ice Cream, B.B.Q. Ribs, Cotton Candy, Fish and Chips, Full Farmer’s Market, A Parade, Vendors, Vendors, Vendors, A Saturday Afternoon Special Church Hour, Historic Skits, Historical Displays of the last 150 years, and Thousands of People.