Well, it’s been an eventful week, but every good thing must come to an end. At least until next year! The 111th Royal Manitoba Winter Fair wraps up this evening. This was my first time experiencing the fair, and it definitely brings a sense of excitement and culture to the City of Brandon. If you’ve been a fan of the horse jumping competitions, you’ll definitely not want to miss tonight’s big event! Starting at 6:30 tonight in the Main Arena will be the opening ceremonies to the MTS Grand Prix. This is the final Horse competition of the Fair with a grand prize of $25 000. There will be 15 horses competing tonight, but only one can win it all! Following that, there will be the evening shows featuring the Heavy Horses, The Superdogs, Birds of Prey, and much more! This will be the last time to catch these shows, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to check them out, don’t miss tonight! I spoke with Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba General Manager, Ron Kristjanson, about his thoughts on the fair this year. He explained how he was very impressed with the crowd sizes, the fierce competition and the top notch displays in the Tradeshow area. “We’ve had a great mix of products and information down there, so that’s been quite exciting.” Ron also talked about how the Family entertainment has drawn in more of a crowd this year. “The Birds of Prey show has been one that’s been really well received.” Looking around, I’ve noticed that this fair could not run without the hard work of it’s volunteers and staff members. Ron mentioned that the staff and hard working volunteers have really fed off of the enthusiasm from the public. “There’s a ton of hard work. Everybody is going ten directions at once, but when you see the families and smiling faces, that’s what gives you the energy to do the work needed to put on the fair.” Even though today is the last day of the fair, Ron and his staff have already begun planning and preparing for next year’s events. If this year was any indication, the 2019 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair should be a another great year with even more surprises and entertainment to come!
Can you believe it’s the last day of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair? Time flies when you’re having fun! We had a jam packed week filled with fun and phenomenal entertainment – and it’s only fair that the fun continues for the last 12 hours (8am-8pm) of the RMWF. Today, the Royal is spreading awareness of Mental Health. This includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Even if we don’t realize it, It affects how we think, feel, and even the way we act. Councillor Leanne Brackenreed is here today with Manitoba Farm and Rural Northern Support Services and they’re here to promote healthy farms. “We want to make sure that we look after our farmers because they are such a rare breed and we want to keep them healthy so that they can look after our food and agriculture.” They offer online counselling, where you can chat online and help them out with any problems they’re trying to resolve. Mental Health is extremely important at every stage in life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. If you’d like to check out their booth, they’re located in the Main Arena concourse. For entertainment for the whole family, HOJA the Acapella Group will make you sway to the beat of their singing in the MNP Hall- their first show is at 11:30. Of course, James Johnson – the magical daredevil, will have you laughing and gasping with surprise during his show – he’s on at 11:30 in the Amphitheatre. You can also catch Dylan MacDonald – the son of Saturday Night Live alum Norm MacDonald – perform in the MNP Hall at noon. If there’s an event you’re excited to see, make sure you check the schedule that’s available online or stop by the guest service booth that’s located just outside the Main Arena. All these activities couldn’t have been done without all the organizers and volunteers – and if you happen to cross paths with a volunteer, take the time to thank them for helping the fair run smoothly. Most importantly, it’s the communities around the Westman area that continues to show support. I thought this year was fascinating with all the various festivities – I can’t wait what they have in store for next year!