MANITOBA: A FEAST OF FESTIVALS! 990
Manitobans are festival-mad. Every summer, literally hundreds of celebrations of ethnic heritage and pioneer ancestry, races of turtles, mules, frogs — and even chickens — are held around the province.
And they draw crowds: Folklorama, the biggest multicultural festival of its kind in North America, sells 60.()()() passports accounting for more than 600,000 visits to the various pavilions every year; the population of Morris, usually about 1.800, swells to 40,000 during its annual stampede; and an average of 60,000 people attend the four-day Threshermen’s Reunion in Austin, a village that’s normally inhabited by about 400 citizens.
WINNIPEG INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
Stage shows feature acclaimed children’s entertainers; craft workshops, field games, clowns, face painters - Kildonan Park.
PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION OF MANITOBA
Competition for the title of King Farmer, horse shows and weight pulls, Labatt’s pro rodeo, large livestock show and sale at Keystone Centre.
RED RIVER EXHIBITION_
Winnipeg June 21-30
Ten days of fun, including grandstand Winnipeg shows, lumberjack contests. btxiybuilding, parade, international band festival, midway, casino, fairy tales in a horticultural garden and displays. 11 a.m. to I a.m., Winnipeg Stadium/Arena.
WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL
July 5 - 8
This annual event is the biggesl of its kind in North America; takes place in Birds Hill Park,
15 miles (24 km) north-east of W’innipcg. Ten stages are scattered throughout the park, and performers sing country, folk, bluegrass, acoustic blues, Acadian music and jazz; there are
sites for tent, trailers and campers, and free parking.
MANITOBA STAMPEDE AND AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITION_
Munis July 18-22
Professional Morris rodeo second in size only to the Calgary Stampede in Canada. Bull riding, calf roping and steer wrestling contests, bareback riding and barrel races, thoroughbred chariot races, chuck wagon races, livestock and horse shows, midway.
CANADIAN TURTLE DERBY_
Boissevain July 13-15
Turtles race from the centre to the outside of a 24-foot carpeted circle. Canadian, American and Wold Championship races are among the highlights of this lighthearted event, which also includes a midway, beef barbecues, softball tournaments and dances.
MANITOBA THRESHERMEN’S REUNION AND STAMPEDE_
Old time plows, harrows, reapers, steam threshers and hinders are on display; includes threshing demonstrations, bag-and-sheaf-tying and stooking contests, the Central Canada Fiddler’s Festival, tours of the pioneer village, a midway, dances, threshing displays and rodeo. Manitoba Agricultural Museum.
CANADA’S NATIONAL UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL_
Dauphin August 2-5
This popular event draws attendance from across Canada and the U.S. Features stage shows with vigorous Ukrainian dancing, gorgeous costumes, choir and soloists; display of artifacts and handicrafts including the famous painted Easter eggs; amateur talent shows, a traditional wedding ceremony. Ukrainian food and demonstrations of ceremonial bread-making. Field at the Selo-Ukraina (Ukrainian Village) site on the wooded northern slope of Riding Mountain National Park six miles (10 km) south of Dauphin.
Saint. Pierre-Jolys August 3 - 5
Frog race on a “lily pad" - the winner is the one that covers the greatest distance in three hops, encouraged by its trainer pounding the platform behind it. There’s also a beer garden, pancake breakfast, tug-of-war, light horse shows, horticultural displays and children’s activities.
STEINBACH PIONEER DAYS
Steinbach August 3 - 6
Visitors get a taste of early Mennonite pioneer life: features steamer threshing, outdoor bread baking, traditional Mennonite food, an antique and community auction and horse show, ox-cart rides and displays at the Mennonite Village Museum.
ISLENDlNGADAGURlNN (meaning “Icelanders Day”)
Gimli August 4 - 6
Held annually at Gimli, on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg. This year is the 100th anniversary of the festival, and the president of Iceland. Vigdis Finnbogadottir, will be present to help celebrate the event. Parade w ith a replica of a Viking longboat, choosing of the “Maid of the Mountain”, speeches and songs in Icelandic, food and handicraft booths, midway.
Winnipeg August 5-18
One of North America’s largest multicultural Winnipeg festivals; housed in 40 pavilions scattered throughout the city of Winnipeg, it gives visitors a glimpse of the diversity of customs, food, costumes, handicrafts and language of the province’s cultural mosaic.
CORN AND APPLE FESTIVAL_
Morden August 24-25
Features complimentary roasted com and apple cider, a pancake breakfast, a farmer’s market, a parade, stage shows and a midway.
Winnipeg September 6-15
German beer and w ine, entertainment, yodelling contest. German-style f ood, a parade, singers and dancers. Winnipeg Convention Centre.
MANITOBA AG EX AND RODEO
October 26 - 29
Manitoba’s largest livestock show, 4-H Brandon events. Manitoba Amateur Rodeo Championship, indoor truck and tractor pull - Keystone Centre.
For more information on any of the festivals, contact: TRAVEL MANITOBA, 7-155 Carlton St. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 5118, Tel.I -800-665-0040.
IKE ENNS/GRASS RIVER LODGE, MANITOBA
“The lady that never fished before”
“We had an older couple from Milwaukee arrive here. He said. Tve wanted her to fish for 25 years. She’s never fished". Then he added. ‘Tell the guys to be gentle’. 1 said, ‘fust don’t worry about it". And wouldn’t you know, she caught 25 fish the first day-and he caught three. She outfished him! .And he said, “Perfect!' Then they booked in for next year, right away. She said. ‘I never thought I would enjoy this’.
Maybe now you can see why we say folks come as guests, and leave as lifelong friends.”
For more on our northern fishing lodges, call Travel Manitoba: 1-800-665-0040, extension 428.
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