Hockey is king this weekend in Portage la Prairie as "Rogers Hometown Hockey" comes to town. Co-host Tara Slone says they're really excited to be here, noting they travel to all different sizes of communities and she tends to like the smaller cities the best because everyone gets involved. Slone says today they're connecting with the folks at Southport and will have the chance to go fly a helicopter. She notes they always try to see the things that are important to the places they visit, and obviously Southport is a big part of the Portage community. Slone adds she's never flown a helicopter before so this will definitely be a first.
She says the Hometown Hockey festival kicks off at noon on Saturday, noting they generally take up a pretty good chunk of real estate when they come in for one of these events. Slone adds all the activities are hockey themed and everything is entirely free. She says on Sunday they'll be broadcasting the Winnipeg Jets pre-game show from here and will be talking all about Portage la Prairie and its hockey history. Slone notes she feels very lucky to be able to see the country with Rogers Hometown Hockey and to interact with so many people across the nation. She adds they come in and get to know a community so they can tell the rest of Canada all about each place they visit, and this weekend they'll make Portagers proud.