Abbotsford is all abuzz with the prospect of hosting the 2028 Olympics. Already speculation has begun on the shape of the new center that will reflect the Mennonite heritage as well as being a world symbol of the city’s hospitality. Unofficial reports claim that it may take the form a huge kompst borscht bowl that will seat 100,000! Other more conservative designs are for a large knipsbrat with seats in the shape of tjlatz.
The Mennonite Enquirer took to the streets of Abbotsford to gauge the reaction to the announcement of hosting the 2028 Olympics. Henry Schroeder claims, “I think it’s great, us Mennonites will finally be able to add knipsbrat as an Olympic sport”. Tina Wiebe says, I think it’s good news for Abbotsford. I just hope they don’t serve liquor at the events”. And Judy Martens voiced her concerns by saying, “I’m not sure about it. I’m worried that they’ll have to tear down the houses in half the city to make room for parking”. Others are excited about the prospect of setting up a rollkuchen concession stand. Whatever the views, it appears the city of Abbotsford has hit the “big time” in 2028!
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