Fan Favorites and New Features Fill Up the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
Brandon, MB – The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair will be taking place at the Keystone Centre, Brandon, Manitoba March 31 to April 5, 2014. The Fair, which is in its 107th year, is proud to be Manitoba Made, Royalty Approved. The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba which produces the Fair was established in 1882 and a dedicated group of Manitobans have been ensuring the success of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, the Manitoba Summer Fair and the Manitoba Livestock Expo ever since. Each year the event strives to showcase excellence in agriculture and link the urban and rural populations through agricultural education. That effort was rewarded in 1970 when Queen Elizabeth II granted the Fair Royal patronage.
The Fair has a strong equine component and draws in riders from across the country and the United States. Each night of the Fair the evening show includes a major show jumping class, a Hackney Pony Class, and a Heavy Horse Hitch Team. New to the evening show this year will be the Barrel Racing event featured on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Mini chuck wagon races are new to the afternoon and evening portion of the show in Westman Place. These mini chucks are just one quarter the size of a regular wagon and pulled by miniature horses. The team comes from Sheho, Saskatchewan by way of the Hawreluik Racing Company and each day they will swerve through figure eight patterns.
The President’s Choice SuperDogs presented by Manitoba Hydro is back for daily shows in the afternoon and evening in Westman Place. The SuperDogs will also be presenting the ‘Science of the SuperDogs’ show at the Learning Stage. The Learning Stage, featured in the agricultural awareness area of the Fair, has educational and entertaining junior cattle shows and other interactive demonstrations, including sheep shearing. This area allows fairgoers to get hands on at the Royal Petting Zoo and see first-hand a dairy milking demonstration. Information about beef cattle, pork, poultry and eggs is also presented in hands on, interactive ways.
Across the hall from Westman Place is the Convention Hall which features the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Entertainment Stage. This year the Entertainment Stage will feature performances by Brandon’s own Amanda Stott, Ted Outerbridge: Pure Illusion (a magic and illusion show), Razzmatazz for Kids, and of course Doodles the Clown.
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Tickets can be purchased online through http://www.brandonfairs.com or at the gates during the Fair. A free Children’s Ticket for children 12 and under can be downloaded from the website until March 30. To learn more about the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and to find schedules visit http://www.brandonfairs.com or contact the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba at 204-726-3590.