The first Mr. Mike’s Race For The Cure – Paint The Park Purple Day is being held on Sunday, August 28 at Gordon Badger Stadium at Evergreen Park.

It is the final day of The Horses At Evergreen Park as the 25-day summer pari-mutuel season for 2016 comes to a close.

While the day will be a fundraiser, it is more about raising awareness of pancreatic cancer – a disease that has affected many in the Peace Country.

Brad Richards of Mr. Mike’s is one of those people who has seen several relatives taken by the disease. He is proud to support Mr. Mike’s Paint The Park Purple Day.

Local businessman Brian Nash also died as a result of pancreatic cancer. His friends at Marlin Travel have donated two gold tickets to the Carrie Underwood concert in Edmonton as well as a pair of Edmonton Oilers tickets to the silent auction being held as part of this day that is focusing on Pancreatic Cancer Awareness.

Andre and Michael Ouellette’s mother also died of pancreatic cancer. They own Curry’s Jewellers and have contributed a jewellery set of purple stones for the silent auction, which also features several other donated items including a Nitro Circus package (two tickets, hat and T-shirt); Grande Prairie Storm season tickets and an Evergreen Park basket of goodies.

The feature fundraising event of the day is a Frisbee toss for a trip for two anywhere WestJet flies.

There are 750 Frisbees for sale for $5 each. After the final race Sunday a purple tire will be placed in the middle of the track in front of the grandstand and Frisbees will be tossed at the tire. If more than one Frisbee lands in the tire those Frisbees will be put into a bag and one will be pulled out as the winner. If no Frisbees go in the tire the winner will be the Frisbee closest to the tire.

You do not have to be at the event to win the trip. Frisbees are also being sold online at Anyone who purchases a Frisbee online and can’t make it to the event Sunday will have their name placed on the Frisbees they purchased and tossed by a professional Frisbee tosser located in a prime spot in front of the purple tire.

There will be purple golf shirts and T-shirt’s for sale as well as purple lemonade. A 50/50 is being held with the majority of the proceeds going to the Cancer Society. A special drink, called Purple Rain, is also being sold.

There will be five purple horseshoes buried in the giant sand pile beside the bouncy castle. Children 12 and under who dig and find a purple horseshoe will win one of five kids bikes.

Everyone is encouraged to dress in purple. The best dressed will win a ticket to Nitro Circus.

Post time on Sunday is 1 p.m.


This is the final weekend of The Horses At Evergreen Park.

Racing goes Friday and Saturday with a 6 p.m. post time and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Sunday is Mr. Mike's Paint The Park Purple - Race For The Cure, which is pancreatic cancer awareness day.