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Free Banjo Bowl Weekend Festivities Planned

September 9, 2011 7:38 AM | Sports

It’s Banjo Bowl weekend in the city, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prepare to retaliate on their rivals, the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Before Sunday’s big game at Canad Inns Stadium, there’s a plethora of activities to satisfy any football fan happening city-wide.

To start things off, a number of Blue Bomber players will be at the Upperdeck Sports Bar in McPhillips Station Casino tonight starting at 7 p.m. Chris Cvetkovic, James Green, Kelly Butler, Mike Renaud, Justin Palardy, Ian Logan, Brady Browne, Joe Lobendahn, Pierre-Luc Labbé, Aaron Hargreaves and Cory Watson along with coaches, dance team members and mascots will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures.

On Saturday, Manitoba Lotteries will hold a free pancake breakfast from McDonald’s at Canad Inns Stadium as part of Family Day. The breakfast begins at 10 a.m. After you’ve eaten, there will be inflatables and face painting for the kids, and a Roughrider dunk tank. You can also have your picture taken with the Banjo Bowl trophy by making a donation to the United Way.

At 11:45 a.m., the team will hold an autograph session following their walk-through practice. Fans can get one item autographed and will receive a free Blue Bomber team poster.

On Sunday, a pre-game tribute will honour the 10th anniversary of 9/11, as well as all local law enforcement officers, paramedics and firefighters in the city and province. The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a free limited edition cowboy hat.

Game time for the sold out Banjo Bowl is 3 p.m.