This Doesn't Mean Summer Is Over!

The weather is cooling off and the trees will be changing color in no time which can only mean one thing, summer is coming to an end. We've covered a huge chunk of the province for summer events and each event stands out in its own unique way. Some of the biggest events we visited were The Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion, Canada's National Ukrainian Festival, The Portage Potato Festival, The Portage Ex and Canada Day Festivities. Every moment was an adventure but some of the highlights were meeting our dedicated listeners, getting to spend time with our awesome mayor and giving away tons of Blue Moon water on warm days! My Manitoba geography definitely improved over the past months as we traveled from places like Dauphin to Morris and everywhere in between. It was always a good moment seeing the excitement on peoples faces as they entered our grand prize summer draw for a $1000 travel voucher from the Winnipeg Airports Authority and it's not too late for you to enter! Go to and put your name in before the big draw on Tuesday, September 6th! Good luck to anybody who entered! That's all for summer events but don't forget to soak up the sun while it last and keep supporting local events no matter what season it is.

Teulon Truck and Tractor Pull

Huge crowds of Teulon locals, car lovers,and thrill seekers came out to take in the Teulon International Truck and Tractor Pull. The Teulon Green Acres Park was packed full of antique cars, pick-ups and tractors. This event drew people from all over North America as it's the only two-day tractor pull in Manitoba. Day 1 saw a BBQ put on by the Lions Club that was greatly supported by visitors. If you couldn't make it out to day 1 of the Truck and Tractor Pull, the fun continues tomorrow starting at 2 PM.

The Portage Stampede

The winner for "Rodeo of the Year 2015" came back this year ready to defend the title. The PCU Centre on the Island in Portage saw a great number of people come out to take in the event on both evenings. A number of younger rodeo lovers filled the stands as children under the age of 6 got in free. The rodeo featured a number of the classic rodeo events including roping, bareback riding and mutton bustin' for the kids. If you missed the rodeo action yesterday and today, you haven't missed out on all of the fun. There will be a dance held after the rodeo featuring live music by Quinton Blair. The entree fee is $15 or $10 if you can show your rodeo ticket.


Gladstone Fair

The town of Gladstone has been gearing up for the 2016 Gladstone Fair all week with community events starting on Wednesday. Today marked the first official day of the fair and the day was kicked off with a pancake breakfast. The meal was put on by the Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op, the Gladstone 4-H Handiworkers, and the Happy Rock Horseshoe 4-H Club to raise fund for all three groups. A farmers market with veggies, baking, and home decor drew in a crowd early this morning as well. Kids had a chance to learn about road safety and put their driving skills to the test in the Mini Car Town MPI was running. Night number one will be wrapped up with a family BBQ and live entertainment at the Gladstone Legion #110. There is a lot more fun to be had throughout the weekend in Gladstone as the fair continues.

Central Region Juried Art Exhibition

Art lovers of the area gathered at the Portage and District Art Centre tonight for a very special event. The Central Region Art Exhibition made it's final stop of its tour in Portage. It will be in Portage during the month of August for anybody to come and enjoy. A large variety of music was submitted for the event and it was narrowed down to 40 pieces to be toured around the province. Fifteen Portage artists had them work featured in the exhibit with Michael Blume of Portage holding the Peoples Choice Award Winner title for his painting of Clint Eastwood.



Miracle Treat Day

Everybody was screaming for ice cream today at Dairy Queen! Participating Dairy Queen locations from all over Canada celebrated Miracle Treat Day. All net proceeds from blizzard purchases will be donated to Children's Miracle Network Member Hospitals. The fund will be used to run a variety of programs, services and also purchase equipment if necessary. Overall, the goal is to make the patients and their families as comfortable as possible during their stay. The Portage Dairy Queen saw great support from the community throughout the day. Visitors were all smiles as they walked out with ice cream and the knowledge that their purchase made an impact.


Bull Mania

Delmar Commodities & Legend Seeds Bull Mania saw an outstanding turnout tonight in Gladstone. The evening of bull riding was put on by the Gladstone Ag Society and drew out a very enthusiastic crowd to the fairgrounds. The event was Bull Riders Canada sanctioned and featured a number of national title holding riders. All of the cowboys that were being featured were competing to qualify for the national competition in October. If you weren't able to catch the bull riding, there will be entertainment throughout the evening after the riding in the beer gardens at the fair ground in Gladstone that you can attend.


The Best Summer Moments - So Far!

After two months of travelling the province to various events, there are definite some moments that stand out to me. I've had a job over the summer since my freshman year in high school so I've never had a chance to go out and explore all of the amazing events this province has to offer. Here are my top 5 favourite events or moments I've experienced over the summer - so far!

1. The Whoop and Holler Folk Festival
This event surprised me. It was nothing like I had expected it to be. It was a very intimate and upbeat crowd, gathered at Cottonwood Acres (one of the most beautiful yards I have ever seen) to enjoy local music. The artists were very excited to be there and the crowd was eager to hear the sets they had prepared, making for a great atmosphere. The line-up consisted of music from a variety of genres making for a night of music anybody could enjoy. It was a great event to broaden one's music horizons and enjoy a beautiful outdoor venue.

2. The RCMP Musical Ride
This event is one that is very close to my heart. My father, my uncle and a number of great family friends of my families are RCMP officers. When your loved ones have a job that can be so difficult, demanding and dangerous, it's often easy to forget the great history and pride that position holds. Seeing the ride reminds you of that. Not only was I able to cover the ride through summer events but I also was there as an honoured guest. That truly made the experience unforgettable. That was my 4th time watching the ride and it never gets old.

3. Canada Day
Canada Day is always a summer highlight. We have such a beautiful space on the Island to host the celebration and it always seems to be a hit. I love events where I see huge crowds from the community come out and enjoy themselves. It's a nice little reminder not to take our community for granted. One of my favourite parts of summer events is meeting people in the community. Canada Day gave me a chance to do just that as a number of you stopped by to pick up some fun giveaways, water and throw your name in our summer draw**.

4. The Artful Garden Tour
This event was put on by the Portage and District Art Centre. It was a unique idea for a fundraiser and was a lot of fun! I had the chance to tour a few of the gardens on the self-guided tour and I was blown away. A number of the gardens were in public spaces yet I had never noticed them before. The garden at the Douglas Cambel Lodge was especially impressive. The experience was made even more enjoyable as guest were able to enjoy a warm drink of their choice, compliments of the Portage District General Hospital.

5. The Hottest Day Of The Year
This particular time was a moment rather than an actual event. We experienced a few days of extreme heat and humidity at the end of July and I wanted to make sure everybody was staying cool and hydrated. I packed a cooler, some ice and tons of water into the Golden West vehicle and parked myself at the Island bridge intersection. After an hour of passing cold water into stopped cars and running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I definitely worked up a sweat. Aside from the fact that I was running around outside on the hottest and most humid day of the year, this has to be one of the coolest moments of the summer so far! I loved seeing so many people smiling and having a tiny bit of their day brightened!

There have been many more amazing moments this summer and there are still more on the way!

** Don't forget you can enter our great grand prize summer draw for a $1000 travel voucher, airport lounge passes and valet & away airport parking by going to

Portage Potato Festival

The 13th Annual Portage Potato Festival saw huge crowds gather for the event. People from all over filled Rotary Republic Park to take in the entertainment, fun and fries. A team from Simplot was continuously serving up hot, crispy fries, free of cost. The mainstage saw non-stop music once the fries were being served and people soaked up the sun as they listened. There was no lack of fun activities for the kids! From bouncy castles to pony ride and face painting, they had it all. The main stage will continue to see performers into the late hours of the evening. Loose unit plays from 6:15 PM to 7:15, Crooked Anchors will be on the stage from 8 PM until 9 PM and Mother Groove will cap off the evening from 9:30 PM to 11 PM.

Whoop And Holler Folk Fest

Cottonwood Acres saw a great number of music lovers last night for the Whoop and Holler Folk Fest. Organizer Linda Omichinski says they had a great response from the public this year. She notes there was a real buzz around the are leading up to the event, with lots of people eager to hear great local music. Omichinski says they saw an increase in numbers of people who opted to camp out at the festival. She notes their array of music from different genres made for a night of music anybody could enjoy. is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.