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Get to a weekend festival while gettin's good

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The August long weekend is here already, which means summer is half over.

Or, if you are an optimist, we still have half of it to go.

No matter which way you look at it, most of us have three days off to get out and enjoy the weather while it's sunny and hot. If you are one of those spur-of-the-moment types who don't like to plan too far ahead -- i.e. you still don't know what you're going to do this weekend -- here are some festivals and activities within a three-hour drive of Winnipeg that you still have time to get to, while the getting is good.


What: Islendingadagurinn

Where: Gimli

When: To Monday

Highlights: Annual celebration of all things Icelandic with musical entertainment, beach volleyball, parade, pancake breakfast, living history Viking encampment, fireworks, midway.

Prices: Most activities free.



What: Rockin' the Fields of Minnedosa

Where: Minnedosa

When: To Sunday

Highlights: Three-day rock festival featuring Default, Finger Eleven, Saga, Platinum Blonde and more.

Prices: $55 plus GST per day. Camping $50.



What: Canada's National Ukrainian Festival

Where: Selo Ukrainia, 10 kilometres south of Dauphin (site of Dauphin's Countryfest)

When: To Sunday

Highlights: Celebration of all things Ukrainian, with traditional music and dancing, heritage village, marketplace, wheat weaving, egg decorating, parade.

Prices: $45 daily, or $110 for the weekend with camping.



What: Pioneer Days

Where: Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

When: To Monday

Highlights: Blanket making, storytelling, musical entertainment, flea market, demonstrations (blacksmith, printing, rope making, threshing, etc), children's activities, Russian Mennonite food.

Prices: Adults $10 daily, seniors and students $8, children $4, children 5 and under free.



What: Fire & Water Music Festival

Where: Lac du Bonnet

When: To Sunday

Highlights: Three-day music festival with three stages featuring more than 25 artists, kids' area, artisans square and art show. With F-Holes, Nathan, Mariachi Ghost, Sweet Alibi, Les Jupes, Flying Fox & the Hunter Gatherers, Dusty Roads Band and more.

Prices: $25 per day, children 12 and under free.



What: Beausejour Centennial Homecoming Weekend

Where: Beausejour

When: To Monday

Highlights: RCMP Musical Ride, Heritage Days, school reunion, bocce tournament, show and shine, teen and pre-teen dances, period costume social, fireworks, remote control plane display.

Prices: Many events are free but some are $5 to $10.



What: Harbourfest

Where: Kenora

When: To Sunday

Highlights: Daytime activities include kids' zone, midway, show and shine, wakeboard show, wooden boat parade, street hockey tournament. Evening entertainment includes Buckcherry, Treble Charger, Burton Cummings, Prism, the Pumps.

Prices: Daytime, free; Evening concerts sold out.



What: Ponderosa Days

Where: Cartwright

When: To Sunday

Highlights: Show and shine tank display, gymkhana, garage sales, parade, kids' activities, multi-cultural concert, water polo, dog show, social, fireworks, slow-pitch tournament, golf tournament.

Prices: Most events free.



What: Lazy Hazy Days

Where: Oak Hammock Marsh

When: To Monday

Highlights: Toe dipping contest, canoe adventures, water games, critter dipping, marsh walks.

Prices: Adults $6, seniors $5, youths $4, families of four $20.



What: Rossburn Fair

Where: Rossburn

When: To Sunday

Highlights: Gymkhana, horse show, quad mud bog, petting farm, tractor pull, combine crunch, barrel racing, slow pitch tournament.

Prices: Most events free



-- Compiled by Rob Williams


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 4, 2012 G5

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