Third Festival a Huge Success


Another Manitoba heritage success story!

More diversity of engaging events and experiences, broad community support and perfect Manitoba weather resulted in a substantial uptick in attendance at the third annual Carberry Heritage Festival.

“I am so happy with the way it turned out! There has been much talk about it and only positive words,” says Cathy Drayson, President of the Carberry Heritage Festival Board. “People came from all over Manitoba this year making it the best festival ever. We had great support from many new volunteers. It was a success due to the volunteers.”

Here’s how Saturday went:

9:00 – With the pancake breakfast in full swing at The Magic Bean, barricades CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 014created the festival grounds on Main Street and the yellow Info Tent went up.

9:30 – Brooke Webber of CKLQ in Brandon arrived to do live reports from the festival as the classic cars cruised in and parked on Main Street.

10:00 – The vendors set up as the exotic livestock arrived from Rare Breeds Canada and the huge flea market opened for business.

10:30 – The Gang Green Roller Derby girls from Brandon demonstrated their CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 041sport and fun on wheels up and down Main as the North West Mounted Police re-enactment folks set up their camp next to the old Town Hall.

11:00 – The workshop on fermenting foods started along with the antique quilt show in the old Town Hall while outside the first horse-drawn carriage rides left for a scenic tour of Carberry’s oldest sections.

CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 07211:30 – The Seton Centre kicked off the birthday party for their namesake, Ernest Thompson Seton as batter for the campfire donuts got started along with the Easter egg decorating.

12:00 The Odd Job Squad set up their BBQ next to the gingerbread house as museum staff conducted guided tours of the Carberry Plains Museum.

12:30 – The farmer’s market flourished in the shade as buskers performed on Main.

CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 0801:00 – Local singer and yodeler Tillie Harpell started her performance to a good size crowd while the archivist did a walking tour of Carberry’s Heritage District.

1:30 – Kids started painting a mural as an arborist did a workshop on tree trimming while various outlets sold copies of the new Carberry Heritage Walking Tour guide book as a fundraiser for local heritage groups.

1:40 – The pies from the pie baking contest were auctioned off as the Cypress Art Studio showed their work in the old Town Hall.

2:00 – The Vintage Costume Company of Brandon performed a 45 minute CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 115fashion show spanning the 20th century with professional models, great music and commentary and even some dance demos.

3:00 – The North West Mounted Police re-enactment troupe dressed in red serge with full regalia offered a description of the components of the officer’s uniform as well as the decorations on the horse.

CARBERRY HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2015 PICS 1553:30 – The events are done, the crowd mills around the vendors and the sun sets on the third annual festival.

Check out the festival picture page for 48 more pictures from this year’s event. Videos coming soon.

The Fourth Annual Carberry Heritage Festival will be held August 12 & 13, 2016.




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