Another exciting summer weekend

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by JURA MCILRAITH

Celebrate pride, observe the beauty of nature, sing your heart out or catch a parade in Sprague: the south east has it all this weekend.

Sprague Fest

The annual Sprague Fest is making a return this year on Saturday, July 13 at the Sprague Community Hall.

Start the day off at the 8 a.m. pancake breakfast and watch a basketball tournament at 9:30 a.m. Register in the parade at 10 a.m. or just watch the procession at 10:30. Beer gardens and a consignment auction open at noon.

A local farmers’ market will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and a wood carving demonstration can be seen at 11 a.m. Bingo starts at 4 p.m.

Bouncers, face painting and balloons will be available for any youngsters attending. The rainbow Auction is open all day, with draws being held during the Sprague Fest Social from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Universal DJ Music will provide tunes and entertainment. Tickets for the social are $10 at the door.

All proceeds will help support the community centre. To register for the basketball tournament, call Melissa at 204-403-3290, or to register for the horseshoe tournament, call Tom at 204-437-2334.

Prairie Day

Head out to the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve to learn about and celebrate plants, birds and insects that call the region home.

The day starts at 10 a.m. three kilometres east of Tolstoi on PR 209. Join naturalists for a guided walk to observe the tall grass prairie wildlife.

At noon, go to the Gardenton Park and Museum for hot food and cold drinks. To end off the day, attend presentations with special guests in the park. Marilyn Latta from Nature Manitoba, as one of the speakers, will explain how plants move to new locations in interesting ways. Make sure to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the afternoon.

Prairie day activities run this Saturday. Admission is $10 per adult, children enter free. Activities will happen rain or shine. Only cash payments will be accepted. For more information, email mbtgpp@gmail.com or call 204-425-3072 on August 13th.

Steinbach Pride Parade

Celebrate Pride in Steinbach this weekend. This year’s events will be held at K.R. Barkman Park on Sunday.

Celebrations of the LQBTQ+ community begin at 1 p.m. with speeches from two guest speakers. The theme for this year is ‘Home Coming’ and how the meaning of Pride has changed over the course of the pandemic.

Following the speeches, a modified march will be held. It will take place on the sidewalk from the park, onto Reimer Avenue, back onto Main Street and finally ending at the park again.

After the parade, participants can relax in the shade or visit local food vendors nearby.

Organizers are still looking for volunteers. Those interested can contact steinbach.pride@gmail.com or message Steinbach Pride on Facebook or Instagram.

Check out the Steinbach Pride Facebook page closer to the date for a full list of activities and celebrations.

Roseau River Gospel Music Festival

Sing your way into the weekend at the 27th annual Roseau River Gospel Music Festival this Saturday and Sunday.

Located half a mile south of Roseau River, this festival offers live gospel music free of charge. This year’s performing artists include Peaceful Harbour, Blood Bought, Just Passing Thru, Rooted in Him, Dave Hiebert, Henry and Susan Zacharias, and Backwoods Gospel.

Saturday’s events begin at 2 p.m. A super fish fry dinner will be held, and after the day’s singing is done, a wiener roast will be held, weather permitting.

Come back on Sunday at 10 a.m. for a church service with guest speaker Pastor Calvin Hiebert. A chicken and baked potato lunch will be offered after the service.

The canteen will be open both days until 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome, but make sure to bring your own lawn chairs. Camper parking and spots for camping will be available for a small fee.

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