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Ex reaches new heights

Extreme pogo added to entertainment roster

ZACHARY PRONG / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Xpogo athletes Daniel Mahoney (left) and Harry White practise their high-flying moves at the Red River Ex Thursday. The fair kicks off today.</p></p>

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Xpogo athletes Daniel Mahoney (left) and Harry White practise their high-flying moves at the Red River Ex Thursday. The fair kicks off today.

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As a teen, Harry White wasn’t too old to buy a pogo stick with his first paycheque.

“I just got a job and was like, ‘This is the first purchase I’m going to make,’ and I bought my first stick,” White said. “I started bouncing and got good at it.”

But this wasn’t any pogo stick — it’s a stick that would eventually bounce him to Pogopalooza, the annual Xpogo world championship, in 2013

“A couple of guys had pogo sticks as kids and they were tired of just bouncing up and down,” White said. “A guy named Brian Spencer invented this air-powered pogo stick.”

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As a teen, Harry White wasn’t too old to buy a pogo stick with his first paycheque.

"I just got a job and was like, ‘This is the first purchase I’m going to make,’ and I bought my first stick," White said. "I started bouncing and got good at it."

But this wasn’t any pogo stick — it’s a stick that would eventually bounce him to Pogopalooza, the annual Xpogo world championship, in 2013

"A couple of guys had pogo sticks as kids and they were tired of just bouncing up and down," White said. "A guy named Brian Spencer invented this air-powered pogo stick."

Five years later, White, 21, is one of three Xpogo, or extreme pogo, athletes ready to wow Winnipeggers at the Red River Ex, which starts today and continues until June 26.

Without giving too much away, White said Ex-goers are in for a treat with three shows daily at 4, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

"They’ll see an awesome show with flips, tricks and stunts," he said. "It’s one of the bigger shows we’re going to do."

Xpogo is one of a number of new things coming to this year's Ex.

"Each year we try to shake it up a little bit," said Garth Rogerson, Red River Ex CEO. "This year, Xpogo is here, the 9/11 mobile exhibit is new, we’ve got the Cutest Show on Earth, Bandaloni, which I think is the greatest one-man band I’ve ever seen."

It’s the first time the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will set up in Manitoba with its artifacts, documentaries and first-responder radio transmissions. It will also give you the chance to find out what it would have been like to respond to the crashing down of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

"We’ve got four firefighters coming from New York City, so they’re there to answer questions people have about the 9/11 tragedy," Rogerson said.

The Cutest Show on Earth picks kids under 18 dressed up in the audience 10 minutes before the show and turns them into stars, and Bandaloni will take his one-man musical act throughout the Ex grounds.

Rogerson said while the Ex is always adding new attractions to grab the attention of people of different ages, it’s also focusing on its roots.

"What we’ve talked about over the last few years is putting the fair back in the fair," Rogerson said. "We always have the rides, and we have the most rides we’ve ever had, but if you’re not into rides, in our Exhibition Place building we’ve got all the traditional things you’d see at a fair, like the quilt show, the photo show, the art show."

Rogerson said there’s still a big focus on animals and agriculture this year with the staple horse shows, 4-H Fun Fest and Discovery Place where kids can meet animals.

The range of musical acts draws in different crowds.

This year’s mainstage performers include country groups Autumn Hill and Small Town Pistols, classic rock outfits Harlequin and Chilliwack and pop artists Coleman Hell and Ria Mae.

Rogerson said they like to make the fair accessible to families. Regular admission is $15 at the gate, but every weekday before 5 p.m., admission if half price.

bailey.hildebrand@freepress.mb.ca

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