Retro Fashions Add New Wrinkle to Festival


View More: of the Saturday highlights at this year’s festival is the Vintage Fashion Show at 2:00. Adrienne Hiebert, who runs Vintage Costume Company in Brandon, is creating the show which spans the 20th century in fashion.

“It’s been such fun putting the Carberry show together,” says Adrienne.

“There will be seven female models, two or three children and one male model with three costume changes so 30 costumes. It’s all set to music from the same era as the clothes.”

It’s not just the costumes that change but the make-up and hair styles are authentic to the time. During the costume changes two dancers will demonstrate dances from the era getting the audience to dance along.

“It’s easy to find women to model, harder to find men,” says Adrienne. “C’mon guys, there must be a few handsome men in Brandon who want to wear a sleek 1960s suit and cool fedora like in Mad Men or look like a 1920s gangster.” The challenge has be issued, Brandon guys.

Her costume collection is growing rapidly as is her business. Adrienne has been operating out of her home but will expand into an 1100 square foot showroom in downtown Brandon soon.

“I am opening a studio at 306-10th Street as of August. Hours will still be by appointment only or by chance, as I often close the studio for private functions,” says Adrienne. The studio will be filled with all sorts of vintage clothing and related finds: a hair styling & makeup bar, photography studio and some retail accessories/clothing. Our grand opening will likely be in September. Watch Facebook and my website for details.”

The festival wishes Adrienne much success in her new endeavor. Can’t wait for the fashion show!

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Pumping Up the Fun

“From wool spinners to roller derby girls, from endangered sheep to campfire donuts, from a retro fashion show with live models, music and dancers to a pie baking contest and auction, Carberry’s Heritage Festival has pumped up the fun and the diversity this year,” says festival president Cathy Drayson.

C BUTTONscan0003“Community support and interest is growing every year and we are getting more media coverage than ever,” says Cathy.

The schedule of events has been posted, see the right sidebar. A few times may change and a few surprises may be added but it’s mostly complete now.

The Carberry Plains Museum and The Seton Centre will be open extended hours during the festival and have added extra staff to accommodate more tours.

Stay tuned for more details.


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The Roller Derby Girls Are Coming! The Roller Derby Girls Are Coming!

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Saturday morning kicks off with a demonstration by the Gang Green Roller Derby Girls of Brandon, that’s them above in green, of course. Part of the Wheat City Roller Derby League the team will give a demo of offensive and defensive moves, strategies and how to have a ton of fun on wheels. The event occurs at 10:30 on Main Street.

The festival has added many new vendors and artisans this year. The Carberry Canine Club will have some dogs on hand, hold a raffle and sell home baked treats for dogs and people. Demos include saddlemaking, fermented foods, arborist, rug hooking and rope making.

There will be lots of food available. The Elks and Odd Jobs Squad will have BBQs with different menus.

A hands-on workshop at 1:00 Saturday will feature Ukrainian Easter egg painting. Creative fun for kids and adults.

Shane Bengry will bring his 1968 hand writing analysis machine to Main hand writingStreet on Saturday.  It’s called the Tel-Vac 101 (left) and it analyses, for entertainment, your ordinary signature and tells you what your personality traits are. There’s also a ‘Romantic Nature Analysis’ based on your signature. “It’s quite a kooky old thing!” says Shane.

In addition to our display of vintage quilts in the old town hall on Saturday, the IODE ladies will be raffling off a lovely antique quilt.

Joe at Off beat n Antiques says there will be more vendors at the flea market than last year with a wider variety of the arcane and the curious.

The Seton Centre will honour its namesake by celebrating his 155th birthday with a lunchtime meal of beefalo burgers, hamburgers and smokies asernie well as cake and drinks. Ernest Thompson Seton spent 10 years in the Carberry area and wrote his book, Trail of the Sandhill Stag about his experiences here. Besides being a dedicated naturalist, meticulous artist and one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, Seton had one of the best ‘staches ever (right). His birthday party starts at 11:30 Saturday morning.

We’re stilling working on finalizing a few more events and activities. Stay tuned.


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Rare and Ancient Breeds of Livestock at the 2015 Festival

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These unusual looking critters are Wensleydale sheep which are among the largest and heaviest of all sheep breeds. Originating in the North Yorkshire area of England, they have blue-grey faces and long ringlet-like locks of wool. They are a rare breed, so rare they are considered “at risk” by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. There are fewer than 1500 registered breeding Wensleydale females on the planet and the heritage festival will have at least one of them on display.

These sheep along two other breeds are raised by Gerry Oliver who farms near Carberry. She raises long wool breeds and brought several examples to last year’s festival. This year she will display Romney sheep from Kent insheep Cotswold Sheep England where they are raised for their wool and meat along with Cotswold sheep (right), another British breed from the southern midlands of England, also suppliers of meat and wool.

At the festival Gerry will do a demonstration of rug hooking using wool sheared from her long wool sheep.

Known as heritage breeds or rare breeds, several Manitoba farmers raise an assortment of livestock that are considered rare. A popular attraction last year, this time the festival will also have rare pigs, chickens and donkeys.

For more about rare breeds visit Rare Breeds Canada whose aim is to conserve heritage livestock.


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Cutting a Rug with Mark Morisseau

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Since the age of 7 Mark Morisseau has carried on his family’s long tradition of musicianship. Manitoba’s multi-award-winning fiddler has a catalog of songs and albums that basically defines fiddle music in western Canada. Drawing on his Metis roots, Mark has taught musicians like Sierra Noble and the Gaudry Boys and played with Doc Walker.

Mark and his band are now a Friday night tradition at the Carberry Heritage Festival providing music for the old-time dance in the community hall. The dance is no alcohol. Lunch will be served. Tickets are $15. To reserve your tickets call 204-834-6613. Dance starts at 7:00 Friday August 7, 2015.

 Watch Mark perform a fiddle medley live.


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All the Latest!


Carberry’s third heritage festival is shaping up beautifully.

The list of vendors and artisans who will line Main Street grows daily. Already we have CARBERRY FESTIVAL 2014 011homemade baking, handmade soaps and lotions, leggings, living oils, crystals, books of prairie interest, bags & purses, garden whimsies, cosmetics, quilts, lily bulbs, three unique jewelers, local honey, fabric art with more to be added. More vendors have been added to the flea market as well.

There will be a pie baking contest on Saturday with a pie auction afterwards. Any flavour of pie is acceptable. Bakers may enter more than one pie but of different flavours. There is no charge to enter pies. Pies will be judged on lightness of the crust, tastiness of the filling and visual appeal. Bring pies to Carberry old town hall between 10:30 and 11:30 on Saturday August 8. Judging will take place at 12:30. Winners will be announced at our stage at 1:30 followed by an auction of all the pies. Proceeds will be split this way: First place pie baker will receive 70% of winning bid; Second place pie baker will receive 50% of winning bid, the festival will get the balance plus the amounts from the rest of the pies.

Brandon country station CKLQ will do live reports from the festival Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:30.

CARBERRY HERITAGE FEST PICS 061Just confirmed: there will be a number of vintage tractors on display along with classic cars and trucks.

The festival has several workshops and demonstrations on Saturday including one on fermented foods, a demo by an arborist, a workshop on rug hooking and a demo of rope making from back in the olden days.

Carberry Rec Centre is having a Swim & Movie night Saturday night starting at 7:00. Admission is charged. No word on the movie yet.

Stay tuned for more details on event times and locations.

It’s getting exciting now!


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Vintage Fashion Show A Festival First

bdn v 1The newest feature of this year’s Carberry Heritage Festival is a vintage fashion show featuring costumes spanning most of the 20th century. Expect bdn v 3to see molls in flapper dresses and long pearls hanging on the arms of gangsters in double-breasted suits and wide ties from the 1920s; pin-up girls and housewives from the 1950s; sleek suits and tight dresses a la Mad Men contrasting with hippy styles from the 1960s and an array of prom dresses from the 1980s.

The 45 minute show is presented by the Vintage Costume Company run by Adrienne Hiebert of Brandon. Check out her website. Along with the costumes the show will be accented with music from eras on display asbdn v 5 well as audience participation with the models. The fashion show will definitely be one of the highlights of Saturday afternoon.

Once again this year singer Tillie Harpelle will be performing old style country songs. You can find out more about Tillie on our Profiles page.

More events are being finalized. Keep checking back for details. Follow us by clicking on the tab on the right to receive emails when new posts are added.

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