Summer Intro


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Whether we believe it or not, Summer is actually coming. This year has plenty of great events planned and we can't wait to be there and represent our community. This summer is already looking amazing, and it's not even officially here yet. Portage has a lot of great events over the summer, and we hope to run into you and have lots of good times throughout the coming season.


We're starting off the summer events this year with the Foundation Friday BBQ tomorrow at 11


it will be one last chance to get a ticket for the Portage Hospital Lottery early bird draw with the winner getting a choice between a 2017 Polaris Ranger ATV or $10,000 cash!!!!


So feel free to check it out, and come say hi at the Portage Hospital. After that, on Saturday, we're going to be at Enns Brothers, just west of Portage for the Day To Play. We will also be broadcasting live from there, so definitely check that out if you get the chance. We always love talking to people, so don't be shy.


"Remember, it's okay to be strange, but don't be a stranger." 


Hope we see you on the summer events tour throughout this summer!



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.

Artful Garden Tour

The Portage & District Arts Centre held a unique fundraiser this Saturday that showcased the hard work and green thumb of many people in the area. The Artful Garden tour had 8 self-guided stops on the map. Some stops were focused on the gardens of Portage residents, others put the spotlight on public gardens. Douglas Cambell lodge was the final stop on the tour where the Portage District General Hospital Foundation and Cafe On Prince offered complimentary beverages to those who came out to admire the green space. Finally, guests returned to the art center for a light lunch and refreshments.


Rain, Rain, Go Away

We’ve been seeing a lot of rain lately but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration or new ideas. Here are my top 5 favorite Pinterest inspired ways to beat the rainy day blues.

1.Build A Fort
This is one of my personal favorites. Nothing is better than digging out some old blankets, taking the cushions off of the couch and dragging the kitchen chairs into the living room to build a fort. There’s something strangely satisfying and exciting about creating your own little getaway. Heck, even make a secret password for your blanket paradise. This is a great one for when you have little ones to entertain but we aren’t setting any age restrictions here. You are never too old to enjoy this rainy day option.

2. Baking
I think it may be a proven fact that things taste much better when you take the time to bake them yourself...depending on who you ask I suppose. Even if you aren't a whizz in the kitchen, rainy days are the best time to improve your skills with the old trial and error method. Dig out grandma’s old secret recipes and give them a go! If they turn out, you will have a yummy rainy day treat to enjoy.

3. Visit The Library
Flipping through the pages of a good book is always a great way to destress and relax. Gloomy days also serve as a good excuse to stay inside with your nose in a book. You won’t need to worry about missing out on any rays of sun or outdoor summer fun!

4. Movie Marathon At Home
Break out the popcorn and blankets, dust off the old VHS’s and throw on those PJ’s. Movie marathons at home are a super comfy way to spend any day and they also are more friendly on the bank account than going out to the theater. Find a movie with a bunch of sequels or give your movie marathon a theme like Disney or comedy.

5. Dig Out The Rain Boots
If you just can’t stay cooped up indoors all day, that’s okay! Find your rain boots and jacket and head outdoors. We aren't made of sugar, so we won’t melt! After all, life isn’t about waiting for the rain to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. So dance away!

144th Portage Ex

The Portage Ex is always one of the most highly anticipated summer events for people in the surrounding area. The three-day saw performances from local groups including Prairie Wild Fire Line Dancing, Prairie Cloggers, Antic, Metis Prairie Steppers and much more. The cattle ring saw constant action throughout the weekend with back to back cattle showings and 4-H competitions. Rides are always a staple for the ex and there was no shortage of them this time around. The midway was moved onto the gravel and cement by the MNP building this year to bring all of the attractions closer together. Despite the constantly changing weather, people from all over came out to enjoy everything the 144th Portage Ex had to offer.


Carman Country Fair

The 137th Carman Country Fair saw great weather and great attendance.  Day 2 of the 3-day event started with a relaxed feel as those who attended wandered through "Leisure Avenue" before the main attractions opened. A number of food trucks and vendors lined the street that ran through the fairgrounds. The opening ceremonies were postponed from their scheduled time Thursday and ran smoothly during Friday afternoon. Ricklyn Farms Petting Zoo and the midway were crowd favorites, especially with the kids in attendance. If you missed out on the first two days of the event, fair activities start again tomorrow at 7:30 AM with a breakfast put on by the Access Credit Union and end with fireworks at 11 PM.


First Concert In The Park Of The Summer

The first concert of the 2016 Concerts in the Park series saw an eager crowd fill the park. To kick off country night, Shades of Country took to the stage. The married couple of 51 years charmed the crowd with their renditions of country classics. The Sharpe Sisters followed up from 7PM-8PM with songs off of their newly recorded CD. Concerts in the Park runs every Thursday throughout the summer. Here's a list of the upcoming concerts:

July 14, Blues;
~ Quite Likely 6-7pm
~ Bill Durst 7-8pm

July 21, Blue Grass;
~ Prairie Grass 6-7pm
~ CSI 7-8pm

July 28, Rock n Roll / Metal;
~ Will Benn and Fred Acoby 6-7pm 
~ Dead Ringer 7-8pm

Aug 4, Young Performers;
~ Holden n Joe 6-7pm
~ Kelly Bada 7-8pm

Aug 11, Singer Songwriters;
~ Jonathan Tiersten 6-7pm
~ Tom and Lori 7-8pm

Aug 18, Roots;
~ Quite Likely 6-7pm
~ Snapmare Driver 7-8pm

Aug 28, Rock and Country Roots;
~ Suzanne Bird 6-7pm
~Johnny Dietrich 7-8pm is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.