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It seems getting wet's a tradition at the Teddy Bears Picnic

Dr. El Simons, an allergy specialist, helps out 10-year-old Afrika Small-Denbook's teddy bear.
U of M pharmacy student Karen Schellenberg helps Luca Morin, 6, with her bear Hydrogena.
Pharmacist Rob Martinson puts a cast on nine-year-old Cadence Belbas's bear Caramel.
Ruby Thom-Duck, 13, carries her bear on her head in Assiniboine Park Sunday.
Nine-year-old Cadence Belbas shows of her bear Caramel's cast at the 28th annual Teddy Bears Picnic at Assiniboine Park Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
Brendan McCorkell, 3, and brother Matthew, 6, arrive for the 28th annual Teddy Bears Picnic at Assiniboine Park Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
Photo by Jason Halstead/Winnipeg Free Press
Harlow Woods, 2, sports bear ears while exploring a puddle at  Teddy Bears Picnic.
Dylan Gauthier, 3, walks through a puddle with his stuffed toy.
Lulu and the Tomcat perform Sunday.
Dr. El Simons, an allergy specialist, helps out 10-year-old Afrika Small-Denbook's teddy bear. - Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press
U of M pharmacy student Karen Schellenberg helps Luca Morin, 6, with her bear Hydrogena. - Jason Halstead
Pharmacist Rob Martinson puts a cast on nine-year-old Cadence Belbas's bear Caramel. - Jason Halstead
Ruby Thom-Duck, 13, carries her bear on her head in Assiniboine Park Sunday. - Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press
Nine-year-old Cadence Belbas shows of her bear Caramel's cast at the 28th annual Teddy Bears Picnic at Assiniboine Park Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. - Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press
Brendan McCorkell, 3, and brother Matthew, 6, arrive for the 28th annual Teddy Bears Picnic at Assiniboine Park Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Photo by Jason Halstead/Winnipeg Free Press - Jason Halstead
Harlow Woods, 2, sports bear ears while exploring a puddle at Teddy Bears Picnic. - Jason Halstead
Dylan Gauthier, 3, walks through a puddle with his stuffed toy. - Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press
Lulu and the Tomcat perform Sunday. - Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press

That stuff about rain not dampening the spirits, that's just a cliché, right?

A true cliché.

Harlow Woods, 2, sports bear ears while exploring a puddle at the 28th annual Teddy Bears' Picnic at Assiniboine Park. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

JASON HALSTEAD / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Harlow Woods, 2, sports bear ears while exploring a puddle at the 28th annual Teddy Bears' Picnic at Assiniboine Park. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Photo Store

Dr. El Simons, an allergy specialist, helps out 10-year-old Afrika Small-Denbook�s teddy bear

JASON HALSTEAD

Dr. El Simons, an allergy specialist, helps out 10-year-old Afrika Small-Denbook�s teddy bear

Brendan McCorkell, 3, (left) and his brother Matthew, 6, arrive for the 28th annual Teddy Bears.

JASON HALSTEAD

Brendan McCorkell, 3, (left) and his brother Matthew, 6, arrive for the 28th annual Teddy Bears.

At top, nine-year-old Cadence Belbas shows of her bear Caramel's cast.

JASON HALSTEAD

At top, nine-year-old Cadence Belbas shows of her bear Caramel's cast.

Dylan Gauthier, 3, walks through a puddle with his stuffed toy at the 28th annual Teddy Bears Picnic.

JASON HALSTEAD

Dylan Gauthier, 3, walks through a puddle with his stuffed toy at the 28th annual Teddy Bears Picnic.

Thousands of people didn't let a little rain -- OK, a lot of rain -- deter them from attending the 28th annual Teddy Bears Picnic Sunday at Assiniboine Park.

After all, as one organizer pointed out, everything happens inside tents. Dry tents.

"Four years ago was the last time it was actually sunny," laughed dad Mark Moffatt. "It's almost a tradition. They make a lot of effort; they don't leave you out in the rain." This was six straight years of attending, said Moffatt, who was with sons William, 10, and Logan, six.

William said his favourite activities are "doing arts and crafts, games. It's six years; raining or not, I still want to come.

"I don't have a bear, but I do have a snake" with issues that needed tending to at the various medical stations.

Brian Frost said he and wife, Tiffany, hesitated Sunday morning "for a brief moment in time -- we had to come. Our daughter loves the medical tent, putting the cast on her bear."

Both Brian and Tiffany came when they were kids, and now have five-year-old Hailey and 10-month-old Gavin.

"This is his first one," Tiffany pointed out. As for the rain, "Run to the next tent," she advised with a laugh.

"It's much more fun when it's sunny," said Jen Delrosere, supervising her daughter's arts and crafts.

"If it was two degrees and raining, that would be different," mom Erin Normand said.

"This is our second time," she said, as five-year-old daughter Mira waited her turn to have Canadian Forces medics check out her bear's woes.

"You've been talking a lot about Dr. Goodbear," Normand told her daughter.

None of the kids was having any more fun than Lt. Steven Hunt, a military reservist and St. Edward's School teacher who was overseeing the 17 Field Ambulance team of a dozen medics.

There was only room for a dozen medics, though he had far more volunteers who would have loved to come Sunday, said Hunt.

"I love it -- this is my fifth year in a row. We're fixing broken arms, we're doing physicals, blood pressure, heart rates, face painting," he said, suddenly breaking away with a big grin to ask a little boy if he'd like to drive the field ambulance.

Into the driver's seat went the lad.

Meanwhile, there was a lineup to get into the back of the ambulance.

"They can put their teddy bear on the stretcher, and sit where my medics sit," Hunt said.

"This is our third year in a row with rain, but I've got my sunscreen here just in case," Hunt said.

nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 26, 2014 B1

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Updated on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 6:39 AM CDT: Replaces photo, changes headline

7:19 AM: Adds slideshow

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