Canada's National Ukrainian Festival

Day one of Canada's National Ukrainian Festival saw a great turnout. The Amateur Ukrainian Dance Competition saw an outstanding number of participants from all over the country. Visitors has the chance to browse through a market and a boutique full of Ukrainian souvenirs. There was no shortage of activities for kids with Ukrainian Easter egg decorating, craft tables and a bouncy castle. Those who attended had a variety of uniquely Ukrainian foods to try including perogies, borshch and an assortment of bread. The festival continuous through the weekend with countless activities and events on the schedule!


Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede

Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede is always a popular summer event and this year it's shaping up to be bigger and better than ever. With volunteers from Alberta, Nova Scotia, Iowa, and even Flordia, it's clear that this isn't just a Manitoban event.  With gates opening at 7:30 each morning, the Manitoba Agricultural Museum grounds were packed by mid-morning. Those in attendance had the chance to wander the historic museum buildings, take in a Manitoba Clydesdale Classic show or even take a ride on a steam engine. Visitors could enjoy corn on the cob or cinnamon buns fresh out of a clay oven. The reunion and stampede run until the 31st when they are holding the Harvesting Hope event. 150+ threshing machines will run simultaneously in the fields to support the Canadian Foodgrain Bank and set a world record.

The Portage Chamber's 130th Anniversary BBQ

To celebrate a whopping 130th anniversary, the Portage la Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce held a fundraising BBQ this afternoon at Fort la Reine Museum.  Those who attended could get a great BBQ lunch for five dollars which would be put right back into the community. All of the proceeds from the BBQ will be split between the Portage Plains United Way and the Fort la Reine Museum. Those who attended saw a small performance that sent the crowd back in time to the Chamber's first day. With good food and a beautiful venue, the Chamber saw a great outcome as they celebrated an impressive milestone.


RCMP Musical Ride

The RCMP Musical Ride made it's way through Portage today. Performance number one of the day saw an enthusiastic crowd come out to take in the show. The group had spectators in awe as they performed difficult maneuvers and impressive choreography. Signature moves such as the cloverleaf, the bridal altar, and the charge were crowd favorites. The Musical Ride continues in Portage la Prairie at the PCU Centre tonight for the second show at 7 PM. Live music and entertainment will fill the time in between shows on the island including barn tours, EMS vehicle tours, bouncy castles and much more. Tickets can be purchased at the PCU Centre, Southport, the Fair Board, CFPD or the Manitoba Agricultural Museum. Make sure you don't miss out on this amazing show!



Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition: Day 3

Day three of the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition was full of bucking broncos and patriotic performances. Many chose to explore the events taking place indoors in the early afternoon to seek shelter from the rain. A number of vendors and small business' has booths set up including Trevor Lehmann. His game "Crop Cycle" drew a crowd to his booth. The competitive farming game features pictures from a variety of areas in Manitoba. The grandstand seats filled up for the rodeo and the crowd was in awe with the impressive performance by the RCMP Musical Ride. If you missed the afternoon show, the Musical Ride and rodeo performances can be seen again tonight at 7 PM.


Grey Cup Tour

The Grey Cup tour made a pit stop in Portage today at the Co-op Marketplace. People of the public had the chance to have their photo taken with the cup and two of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber players. On top of the cup appearance, there was a fundraising BBQ held for the Children's Wish Foundation of Manitoba.

Victor Walk Rally With Theo Fleury

A support crowd gathered at the Island Park Bandshell this evening for the Victor Walk Rally. A number of performers took to the stage to entertain the crowd before former NHL player, Theo Fleury hit the stage to share his story and message. Fleury shared his experience with childhood trauma with the crowd and spoke about his journey to recovery. His speech highlighted the transition a person can make from being a victim to a survivor to a victor. The event was sponsored by the Canadian Mental Health Association - Central Region and saw a great turnout.

Portage Terrier Fundraising Garage Sale

The Herman Prior Centre in Portage was packed with collectors, garage sale lovers and Portage Terrier fans today for the Portage Terrier garage sale. People from all over the central plains brought collectible items, baking and hand-crafted jewelry to sell. The $1 admission fee from each person in attendance will go directly to the Portage Terriers to keep the team on the ice and doing what they love.


Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition: Day 1

Opening day of the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition was a hit. Warm temperatures drew crowds to the exhibition grounds to enjoy all the stampede had to offer. With an open schedule in the morning, people had time to wander the midway, explore food truck options and visit vendors. Today's rodeo action starts at 7 PM with much more to come in the following days. We will be back at the Stampede on Saturday to catch the 2 PM RCMP Musical Ride performance.

Arborg Fair and Rodeo

The 2016 Arborg Fair was well received by residents and people in the surrounding area. Day 2 of the fair was packed full of events including the antique tractor pull, a Zumba dance party, a pioneer life demonstration and a number of different performances on the main stage. Partners In Time Dance Studio had a number of young performers hit the main stage as they wowed the crowd with their dance skills and bright smiles. The Manitoba Living History Society had a pioneer life demonstration set up with rope making, fire cooking and traditional tents set up. The group even lived in the pioneer seen over the fair weekend. The final day of the fair and rodeo kicks off tomorrow with a pancake breakfast at 9 AM and a cowboy church service at 11 AM. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.