WKND Freebies & more: August Long Edition

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August long is finally here with a ton of activities to keep you busy right through holiday Monday. 


Beach Bummin' 

Pack up your floaties and head to the beach! Check out the top beaches in Manitoba for a quick beach daycation.


Immerse yourself in Ukrainian History: July 31st-August 2nd 

Canada's National Ukrainian Festival celebrates 50 years in Dauphin, MB. Traditional singing, dancing, perogies and more. This year is bigger and better with an expected crowd of 10,000. Look for Summer Fun Friday! 

Ride a bull! August 1st-2nd

The Fisherton Jackpot Ranch Rodeo kicks off Saturday with entertainment by Cowboy singer Ray Martin, barrel racing and more in Fisher Branch, Manitoba. Lot's for the kids and there's even a mechanical bull Saturday night! Be sure to say hi to Drew Lambert on Saturday, who will be out with Summer Fun.


Live like a Viking: July 31st-August 3rd 

Visit the viking village, check out traditional viking garb and catch reenactments of Viking weapon and warfare tactics at the 126th Icelandic Festival in Gimli, Manitoba. Look for Summer Fun on Sunday for a chance to win prizes and cool off with Blue Moon water. 


Hitch a ride back in time: July 31st-August 2nd 

The Mennonite Heritage Museum's biggest event of the year starts Friday with a parade in downtown Steinbach. Bring the kids to check out the petting zoo, horse shows, entertainment, and watch reenactments of the pioneer lifestyle with threshing and milling demos.


Rock out: July 31st-August 2nd 

Rockin' the Fields returns to Lake Minnedosa with a stellar line-up including Daughtry, Econoline Crush, The Tea Party and more. Looking for something to keep you busy during the day? Check out the Heartland Rodeo, hit the links or spike your way into the volleyball tournament on Saturday.


Skating in the summer at the Prairie Toyota Clarkson Cup Tour Monday August 3rd

Bust out your skates, helmet and stick early! Skate on synthetic ice set up at Tim Hortons by the mall between 3-7PM. You'll also have the chance to meet Canadian Women's Hockey League stars, Olympic gold medalists and Amazing Race an favourites, Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson. 


Westend Daycare BBQ Fundraiser

Westend Daycare held a fundraising barbeque this weekend to help raise money for a new furnace. Held outside the Co-op grocery store the barbeque helped raise money with support from the community and a draw with multiple prize baskets that ticket buyers could win. The fundraiser will go a long way towards helping supply the daycare with quality facilities. 


Salvation Army BBQ

The Salvation Army recently held a fundraising barbeque outside the Scotia Bank on Sasketchewan Ave. The barbeque helped to raise funds for a program that helps families who struggle through the holiday season by supplying gifts and supplies to less privileged families. The barbeque saw a lot of support from around the community and even saw Santa Claus stop by! Of course, if you missed the barbeque you can always help support the Salvation Army year round at any of their locations.


Thresherman's Reunion 2015

The annual Threshermans reunion, held in Austin, Manitoba was a big hit again this year with people hailing from all across the prairies coming out to see the rodeo, live entertainment and the massive cockshutt tractor and equipment museum (a special feature this year). Many people camped out over the weekend and everyone I met were enthusiastic about the event and we're repeat attenders planning on going next year as well. The dances held each night were a big hit with all the 18 plus attendees and just like the daily parade and carshow, saw big turn outs all weekend long.


Manitoba Stampede 2015

Manitoba's only pro rodeo event was held in Morris over the past weekend.

The stampede was home to not only the pro rodeo events but also a full sized midway, a trade show and market, vendors selling a huge variety of foods and other items and an agricultural fair. The Ag fair side of things held dairy shows, light and heavy horse shows and a Youth Stars of Manitoba Talent Competition alongside lots of kid's entertainment and more. The rodeo showed events like bull riding, bronco-busting, tie down roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, ladies barrel racing, and team roping as well as various high speed chariot races. Live entertainment was provided by DJs Dan Lacho and Colin Shots, The Craig Ash Band and many more.

Farmer's Appreciation Lunch

CFRY's annual Farmers Appreciation lunch returned this year to celebrate the people who put the food on everyone's tables. Farmers could come, get a free lunch, take a ride (or drive) Big Roy, and put their name into a draw to win one of the many awesome prizes available. Of course the prize everyone was really aiming for was the Bushell Bin valued at over $24,000. Over 400 people attended the event, enjoyed Danny's Whole Hog pulled pork, potato salad, cold beans and desserts and, winning a prize or not, everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Arborg Fair and Rodeo

The Arborg Ag Society held its annual Fair and Rodeo this weekend and with lots of children's activities (including a large kid zone), live entertainment, vendors and rodeo events the fair was a big hit. Performances from the Asham Middle Stompers, Diamond Disc Dogs (a highly trained group of canines), and inspirational band, The Color helped accentuate the fun over the weekend. Another big draw was the Antique Tractor Pull in which tractors built prior to 1960 (stock, not modified) pull objects weighing from 3000 pounds to upwards of 10,000! The Tractor pull alone saw over 100 competitors trying to out pull each other. All in all it was a great event and a total success.


Triple S Fair and Rodeo

Selkirk's annual fair and rodeo was back this year with three days of midway rides, great entertainment, and plenty of vendors and stands to shop at. The rodeo was a big hit among fair goers alongside Friday nights demolition derby. The fair was a great place for kids to have fun as there was childrens entertainers, rides, games and more for the younger attendees (and the young at heart). Outside of the younger audience there was plenty of entertainment options for the more mature people in the crowd such as Past the Perimeter who performed over multiple nights.

Carman Country Fair

The Carman Country Fair was a big hit over the weekend drawing in plenty of people to the fairgrounds. The Fair is celebrating its 136th year in 2015 with a great midway selection, a parade, a plethora of 4H based competitions and events, live music and more. Bike Fest performed at the Fair and was a big draw this year as the show is pretty daring and breath taking at times.


Minnedosa Fun Fest 2015

Minnedosa's Fun Fest was a success once again this year with lots of excitement throughout the town. The celebrations involved a parade, car show, plenty of children's activities, a slow pitch tournament and a social. A street market ran over the course of the festival that housed dozens of different vendors. Aside from the Fun Fest activities there was also the Ag Society Agricultural fair happening on Saturday and Sunday involving multiple agriculture related competitions and events. All around the festival earned its name and was a great time for everyone involved. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.