Festival fun continues this weekend


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Summer in the City and the Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair are in the rearview mirror, but there is plenty of summer fun still to come in the Southeast, including three more community festivals this weekend.

New Bothwell Summer Fair

The New Bothwell Summer Fair, presented by the New Bothwell Community Club, takes place Saturday at the recreation centre grounds.

JORDAN ROSS / CARILLON ARCHIVES Children tumble down a bouncy slide at the 2017 New Bothwell Summer Fair, which returns this weekend along with festivals in Blumenort and La Broquerie.

A pancake breakfast runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. If you sleep in, the canteen is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Free activities run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. including a bouncer, inflatable obstacle course, bicycle decorating contest, bingo with cash prizes, magic show, foam party, races and games, face painting, and a rock climbing wall.

A perogy dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. costs $15 per plate for adults and $8 per plate for children 12 and under.

Evening concerts start at 7:30 p.m. with Daniel Desorcy followed by Quinton Blair at 8:45 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10:45 p.m.

Blumenort Fun and Fair Days

Blumenort Fun and Fair Days, presented by the Blumenort Recreation Association, runs Friday through Sunday in Abe G. Penner Park.

The Friday movie night will be a 9:30 p.m. screening of Encanto with popcorn, toys, and balloons available for purchase.

Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by a parade at 11 a.m. A children’s bicycle decorating contest precedes the parade from 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with prizes for the best decorated rides.

A farmer’s market with food trucks and vendors starts at noon. The live music lineup starts with Handsome Vic at 4:30 p.m., Frannie Klein at 6:05 p.m., The Jake Brakes at 7:40 p.m., and Young and Haggard at 9:15 p.m. Fireworks start at 10:30 p.m.

Children’s activities, including bouncy castles, barrel train rides, laser tag, archery tag, a splash zone, and bubble soccer, run from noon to 6 p.m.

Sunday features church in the park at 10:30 a.m. and a free lunch at noon.

St Jean Baptiste Days

St Jean Baptiste Days, a celebration of French-Canadian culture presented by the société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, returns to La Broquerie on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday begins with a free pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. along with a baseball tournament that runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Three-on-three hockey for eight to 13-year-olds begins at 10 a.m. at the Caisse Centre. To register a team for $10 per person, contact Natalie Paquin at 204-424-5942 or paquin_natalie@yahoo.ca. Games are 30 minutes long and winners will receive prizes.

Beer gardens and food trucks are on site from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 10:45 p.m. An evening social with live entertainment by Under the Sun takes place at Habs Bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday programming begins with a special 10 a.m. mass at Saint-Joachim Parish followed by a parade at 11:30 a.m. Free activities run all afternoon at the St Jean grounds and the HyLife Centre.

A bring-your-own family picnic begins at 12:30 p.m. Inflatable play structures, activities, and a petting zoo run from 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. A family baseball tournament runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mainstage entertainment kicks off with Cht’koot at 1:30 p.m., Mrs. Diva at 2:45 p.m. Wizard the Magician at 4 p.m., and Alexandre Tétrault at 5:15 p.m.

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