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Good quality fun is free for all takers this weekend at the 5th Annual Shrine Festival.

Sierra Tokarski of Hair Design Academy gives two-year-old Jordyn Nash a good face painting during the Moose Jaw Shrine Children's Festival at Western Development Museum in 2011.

The Saturday festival at the Western Development Museum (WDM) kicks off at 9 a.m with a children's show featuring musicians, jugglers and storytellers. Free tickets are available at Safeway, and will also include a free hot-dog,  juice-box, and free admission into the WDM.

"All-in-all it's a great, well rounded family event. We have had numerous people compliment us on what we have put together," explained Greg Marcyniuk, co-chair of the children's festival. 

The festival will also have a bouncy castle, free face-painting and will have the presence of the Moose Jaw EMS,  fire department and the police department, so that the kids can intermingle with the people who are on the front lines, said Marcyniuk.

The day will raise awareness and funds for the seven Shrine children who are in need of hospitalization for burns or orthopedic injuries.

"It's just a fun day all around, not only for the Shriners, but mostly it's for the children and that's that what we are really doing it for," added Marcyniuk.

The Moose Jaw Shriners decided to transition from the annual Shrine Circus to a festival five years ago because they decided they wanted to offer a free event.

"We are a younger club and we just felt it was time for a change. The circus still runs in different parts of Canada and it's still successful," Marcyniuk said. "It has been very successful in the community and surrounding area."

Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.

Organizations: Western Development Museum, Safeway, Shriners

Geographic location: Canada

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