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Royal Manitoba Winter Fair ramping up for a special Jubilee celebration

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Former Circ de Soleil performers Acrobazia bring their acrobatic act to this year’s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

By Chris Tataryn Journal/Brandon

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is always a special event, but this year even more so. After being one of only three fairs in the entire world to receive a Royal Designation back in 1970, the fair this year is doing something special to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. “Each night we feature a major jumping class, and on the Monday night we will be hosting a jumping class called the ‘Diamond Jubilee Challenge,’” said Karen Oliver, General Manager of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba Inc. “The Lieutenant Governor will be in attendance and we will be giving out special souvenirs. There will also be a tea during the fair to celebrate that will feature people showing off fascinators; fancy British hats.” The fair is also celebrating Special Forces Month, and will be giving away special souvenirs for that as well. “We will also be featuring a new Manitoba Cooking stage in the Manitoba room,” said Oliver. “This will feature members of the culinary Olympic team presenting recipes featuring home-grown Manitoban ingredients.” The fair is also partnering with NAERIC this year, and will be holding a sale of yearling draft horses on the Saturday. “Along with the sale, we will have a class featuring horses returning from previous years; after a horse reaches three years old it is eligible to come back and compete again.” While the entertainment is always a huge part of the reason people return to the fair year after year, Oliver guarantees even more new, exciting acts to go along with the old favourites. “All the familiar parts of the fair are returning, that is part of what makes the fair so special every year,” she said. “The SuperDogs are coming back, the petting zoo will be back...things like that never seem to get old and are part of the fair tradition, part of the memories families make together. People want to share their childhood memories with their children. But we also have some very exciting new entertainment lined up.” One of the new acts is called Acrobazia, featuring former Circ de Soleil performers doing amazing acrobatic performances. “I can’t even explain this one, you have to see it to understand,” said Oliver. “I saw them in Las Vegas before, and it was far and away the performance in Vegas that wowed people the most. It’s exciting to have such an act coming to Brandon.” Also featured is the award-winning children’s performer Andrew Queen, whose act is ‘more fun than bare feet in a mud puddle full of frogs.’ “Andrew won the distinction of being ‘Children’s Artist of the Year,’” said Oliver. “He has a warm way of interacting with kids and simulating their emotions through his songs.” “We also have the Kimberlights performing this year,” she continued. “They are a band we found in Ontario with a really rich musical mixture of classic rock and Cajun styling. People compare them to a combination of Great Big Sea and Buckwheat.” The Royal Winter Fair will be taking place at the Keystone Centre from March 26 – 31, so clear off your calendars, as this will be one you won’t want to miss.


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