The 2017 Manitoba Summer Fair is over for another year with 101300 visits over the five days.
“We had a great week for Canada 150 and our 135th celebrations.” Said Ron Kristjansson, general manager at the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. “The RCMP Musical Ride and Alberta Miniature Chuckwagon racers brought out a lot of visitors that hadn’t been to the fair in a long time and they had very positive comments about the changes we continue to make to our fair; the weather on Friday slowed us down a bit and had us rearranging some schedules, but Saturday saw the strongest single day attendance in several years.”
The annual citizenship ceremony held on Wednesday, June 7 set a record for the largest ceremony officiant Dwight MacAulay had presided over with 153 citizens taking their oath of citizenship.
The fair organizers made efforts this year to make the fair more accessible and will continue to work on those improvements for next year. The musical acts were probably the strongest line-up in years and it paid off with over 1000 guests for Saturday night’s Road Hammers concert.
The Sunday morning pancake breakfast brought in close to 1100 hungry fair goers and the stands were full for the annual Demo derby. New features of the derby included a Little Tykes version and the much-anticipated return of the combine crunch.
On the agriculture side, organizers were pleased with the turn out for the horse show and the cattle show, both areas that they plan to grow in future years.
Next up for the Provincial Ex is Manitoba AG EX, home of the Manitoba Finals Rodeo October 25 – 28. Visit the website for more details at www.provincialexhibition.com