The Labour Day weekend was a musical one at the Shady Oaks campground in Sidney. Wayne Cathers, president of the "Manitoba Old Tyme And Bluegrass Society," says every September long weekend their group comes out to camp and play some music. Cathers notes they put on a few shows for their own enjoyment and other folks come by to join the fun as well. He says they've been doing this for twenty years and the campground generally sells out every year, so it seems to be a popular event.

John Sawatzky is the vice president of M.O.B.S. and says the society has a monthly newsletter which goes out to let people know what's happening in bluegrass around the province and even down in the States. Sawatzky notes a while back a fellow from Nova Scotia who was stationed at 17 Wing in Winnipeg happened to show up at Shady Oaks during one of their events, so he's been a banjo player with them for the past two years.

He says the owners of the campground have been extremely good to them and always let them play until the wee hours of the morning. Cathers agrees, adding the folks at Shady Oaks will actually warn people coming in that there is no quiet time so if they're unhappy with banjos at two in the morning they perhaps should keep going down the road.