May 11, 2017 BRANDON, MB – The 135th Manitoba Summer Fair kicks off June 7 – 11 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon combining a classic Canadian fair experience with one of a kind midway rides, sideshow entertainment and a nod to Canada’s 150.
The Provincial Exhibition is celebrating the nation’s milestone with 1500 exclusive Canada 150 tickets for this year’s fair. With this ticket, visitors will pay only $1.50 gate admission on Wednesday, June 7 or Thursday, June 8.
“We’re not sure when the last time the fair gate admission was $1.50 but it’s been a while.” Said Kathy Cleaver, President of the Provincial Exhibition. “We have partnered with our friends at Star FM and QCountry to give these tickets away so listen for your chance to pick one up and come and enjoy the celebration.”
A highlight for General Manager, Ron Kristjansson is the addition of the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony on Wednesday, June 7 and the RCMP Musical Ride on June 7 & 8. “In recognition of Canada 150 and the 135 year mark for the City of Brandon and The Provincial Exhibition, we are proud to have two pieces of true Canadiana, the RCMP Musical Ride and the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony.” Said Kristjansson. “We are very honoured to have 150 new citizens joining us to take their oath; it’s a very moving experience to be part of such a life changing event for these people.”
This year’s fair also includes a variety of daily family entertainment. “We are very excited for our side show entertainment this year. “ Said Matt Bolley, Co-Chair of the Summer Fair planning committee. “The
Canine Stars and Mini Chuckwagon racers are back and the breathtaking feats of the Milord High Dive act are exactly the kind of unmatchable exhibition entertainment you would expect.”
The organizers have been working hard to grow the agriculture aspects of this year’s event with an increased horse show and youth cattle show. “Our goal is to revive the classic country fair experience by bringing back some of the traditional events with a modern twist.” Said Ellen Murray, Co-Chair of the Summer Fair planning committee. “This year’s horse show features a fun games evening on Friday and horses of all sizes and disciplines throughout the weekend including Draft, English, Western, Jumping and Hackney; Sunday’s cattle show is focused on the next generation of farmers and ranchers.”
Other features of the fair include a traditional Towne Square display, People of the Plains exhibit (Thursday – Saturday) and one-day only features such as the 4-H Manitoba Food Challenge and Canadian Armed Forces display on Saturday, June 10. The fair wraps up on Sunday, June 11 with the Cando pancake breakfast from 9 – 11 AM followed by a Classic Car & Bike Show, and Demo Derby included a Little Tykes version.