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Fair attendance tops 100,000

Competitors crash and bash each other in hopes of taking home the trophy in the feature heat during the Manitoba Summer Fair Demolition Derby on the southwest grounds of the Keystone Centre on a hot Sunday afternoon.

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Competitors crash and bash each other in hopes of taking home the trophy in the feature heat during the Manitoba Summer Fair Demolition Derby on the southwest grounds of the Keystone Centre on a hot Sunday afternoon.

The Manitoba Summer Fair saw 100,192 visits during the course of the event.

Despite the beginning of the week being hampered by cold, wet weather, fair organizers say "a phenomenal Saturday and Sunday" helped them top the six-figure mark again this year.

Those daily visits were drawn not just by the midway rides, but also by acts like the West Coast Lumberjack Show, the Aussie Kingdom, the Xpogo Stunt Team and the Battle of the Bands.

Sunday, the final day of the fair, started with a pancake breakfast served to 500 in the newly restored Dome Building. The day continued with a couple other special events including Chrome in the Trees, with 140 classic cars and six bikes on display — the largest showing on record, according to coordinator Russ Dayman. Later, stands were packed for the demolition derby on the south end of the Keystone Centre grounds.

Meanwhile, at the Mayor’s International Cup. Team Canada and Team Ukraine faced off in the championship game, with Team Canada coming out on top, 5–3. Team USA defeated Team Germany for the bronze.

After the game Yesid Calderon, Team Captain of Team Canada, said he was happy to have the opportunity to play in the tournament and wants to have the opportunity to play again. Fair organizers say they are satisfied with the first year of the tournament and are looking forward to growing the tournament for future years.

Next year's annual Manitoba Summer Fair, the 133rd, will take place June 3-7, 2015.

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