The weather was perfect Saturday afternoon for the second annual Amazing Race: Steinbach Edition, hosted by the Creative Youth Council. 14 teams of four people raced around Steinbach and area completing fun and challenging activities at local businesses. The race ended at the Steinbach Arts Council around 4pm for a free barbecue supper (sponsored by Earl's Meat Market).

A big thank you to all the businesses who supported the Amazing Race: Steinbach Edition by being a stop in the race and providing prizes. All teams went to Video Max where they found a specially marked DVD and acted out a movie. At the Mennonite Heritage Village they memorized and recited a quote to a 'Pioneer' hiding in the gallery. The Jake Epp Library was another stop, where the racers found a 'themed' book using the Dewey Decimal System, then telling the librarian where their next challenge was. At the City of Steinbach Fire Department one team member did a physical challenge dressed in the Fire Fighter uniform. Then teams were challenged with a home-made logic game at a volunteer's home, and had to choose between eating spicy wings at Boston Pizza or three pounds of ice cream at Bumpers on 52. Teams then went back to SAC to learn a county line-dance taught by Lorna Sobering and family, then it was off to Clearspring Centre where they were surprised to learn they were going to sing karaoke with 'The Man in Black' Johnny Cash (Corny Rempel) in front of a Live audience! The next detour sent teams either to the Steinbach Corn Maze and Adventures, or to a local farm to build a turkey enclosure. Teams also delivered roses from Heier Designs Florist to residents at Woodhaven and finally completed another physical challenge at LA Barkman Park with Shanley from Fabufitness.

Racers from last year wanted a more physical and longer challenging race and the Creative Youth Council provided! Everyone had a lot of fun and it showed by the way the teams would dash from their cars laughing their way to the final pit stop at the Steinbach Arts Centre, being cheered on by members of Steinbach's Elite Scorpions Cheer team. The winning team was the "Rogue Warriors" who completed the race in just under 2 1/2 hrs, received 4 tickets to the upcoming Bomber home game, thanks to Goldenwest Radio, along with a $100 gift certificate donated by Boston Pizza, and a Video Max movie basket. "The Lions" came in second place winning passes to the Steinbach Corn Maze and Adventures along with a Video Max movie basket, and third place, "Draggin Aces", also received a basket from Video Max, along with free meal coupons to the MHV Livery Barn. "The Superheroes in Training" won for best costume - Super Dad, Super Mom, Cat girl, and Bat boy. The family did a great job putting together their amazing looking outfits. They won gift cards and Tshirts from Bumpers on 52. "Les Incroyables" won the bonus photo challenge for taking photos of their team at every challenge, taking home Bumpers on 52 gift cards as well.

This event would not have been possible without the incredible Creative Youth Council volunteers and team leader, Alicia Loewen. Thinking up challenges, approaching businesses to participate and organizing this event. Thank you also to the community of volunteers and supporters of the CYC and the Arts Centre. The Creative Youth Council is already looking forward to AMAZING RACE: Steinbach Edition 2014!

Submitted by Alicia Loewen

See more details and photos at www.steinbachartscouncil.ca under Creative Youth Council past events!

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About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

For more info, visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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