It’s not often you see a horse, a recycling bin, and a tuque playing tug of war together. That’s what makes Festival du Voyageur’s Mascot Challenge such a popular activity during Winnipeg’s annual French Canadian festival.

People of all ages gathered in the middle of Voyageur Park on Saturday, February 20, to watch Winnipeg’s mascots challenge each other in various games. The crowd greeted the mascots with cheers and a quick photo session before the challenge began.

It started with the hay bale races where Mick E. Moose came to BINjamin, the Recycle Everywhere mascot’s, rescue after BINjamin’s recycling bin outfit prevented him from lifting the hay bale.

Then, a friendly game of tug of war that deemed everyone a winner despite the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ mascot, Boomer, being pulled across the pylon marker.

Once the games were over, the mascots hung around for more photos and fun with everyone at the festival.

 

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The eager crowd watches the Mascot Challenge from behind the pylons at Festival du Voyageur on Feb. 20, 2016./SHAYLYN MCMAHON
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The Winnipeg Blue Bomber mascots Buzz & Boomer race against each other in the hay bale challenge as the crowd cheers them on at Voyageur Park on Feb. 20, 2016./SHAYLYN MCMAHON
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The crowd watches as Festival du Voyageur’s mascot Léo La Tuque, Mr. Green Drop, Trusty from Winnipeg Block Parents, and Safari Sam from Petland try to pull the other team across the pylon during tug of war at the Mascot Challenge on Feb. 20, 2016./SHAYLYN MCMAHON
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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ mascot Boomer is pulled over the pylon marker as his team loses the tug of war at the Mascot Challenge in Voyageur Park on Feb. 20, 2016./SHAYLYN MCMAHON
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Kyle Edel, 10, laughs at the Winnipeg Jets’ mascot Mick E. Moose after the Mascot Challenge at Festival du Voyageur on Feb. 20, 2016./SHAYLYN MCMAHON
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Mackenzie Sapacz, 23, gets a photo with Assiniboia Downs’ mascot Charley Horse after the Mascot Challenge at Festival du Voyageur on Feb. 20, 2016./SHAYLYN MCMAHON
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The fun isn’t over as Domo Club’s mascot Domoroo strikes a pose after the Mascot Challenge at Festival du Voyageur on Feb. 20, 2016./SHAYLYN MCMAHON

 

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