Kootenay Cougar hockey players Deborah Winters and Thea Hanson will team up with the Trail Smoke Eaters for their annual Tailgate Party on Saturday at the Trail Memorial Centre. Come out and meet the Smokies and the Cougars and enjoy the game.

Kootenay Cougar hockey players Deborah Winters and Thea Hanson will team up with the Trail Smoke Eaters for their annual Tailgate Party on Saturday at the Trail Memorial Centre. Come out and meet the Smokies and the Cougars and enjoy the game.

Pre-game party for Smokies fans

The Smokies and the Kootenay Cougars are hosting a tailgate party Saturday before Trail takes on Salmon Arm.

The Trail Smoke Eaters in conjunction with the Kootenay Cougars women’s hockey team will host a Tailgate Party on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the Trail Memorial Centre prior to Smokies game against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at 7:30 p.m.

A kids zone will take over the parking lot with shinny, a shoot-to-win game, and face painting, and all participants will also have the opportunity to meet the Smoke Eater players.

Free skating goes in the kids rink from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The Spud Shack is open at 4 p.m. and the Sud Shack serving fans at 6:30 p.m. A kids game package that includes a game ticket and hot dog and pop will be on sale for just $8, while adults can get a ticket, beer, and smokie or hamburger for just $15.

Also, the first 50 kids to the party get a free ticket to the game.

Game-pack tickets are on sale at the door from 4-7 p.m. or contact Thea for advance tickets at 231-1661.