Mike Reilly is a big hit at Rimbey Co-op event

There was cause for celebration at Rimbey Co-op last Saturday when the Edmonton Eskimos star

Autograph: Edmonton Eskimo quarterback

There was cause for celebration at Rimbey Co-op last Saturday when the Edmonton Eskimos star quarterback Mike Reilly stopped by to chat it up with the people of Rimbey.

“It was great,” said Rimbey Co-op general manager Jason Ryden. “He is such a nice guy, very grounded, very friendly.”

Perhaps the fact that the Eskimos had defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 24-0, the night before had something to do with the general feeling of celebration that seemed to permeate the crowd, but whatever the reason it was a great day.

“It was good timing for us,” said Ryden, who said about 200 to 250 people stopped by.

As well as a chance to chat with Reilly, the crowd had an opportunity to win door prizes such as a Grey Cup lamp or to check out the petting zoo brought to the event by Lysbeth Peter, a Rimbey Co-op board member. A bouncy castle was also set up for the children to have fun with.

Proceeds from a barbecue held during the event went to Rimbey Kids In Sports.

The Rimbey Co-op partnered with Federated Co-op to bring Mike Reilly to Rimbey as part of the Game Day promotion.

The Co-op has expanded its Game Day Approved product line and has partnered with the Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Specially branded products are available in Co-op food stores, home centres and gas bars across the prairies.

A portion of proceeds from Game Day Approved products supports children’s hospital foundations in Western Canada which adds to the Co-op’s commitment to contribute $5 million to the five children’s hospital foundations in Western Canada.