CARBERRY — Everything old is new again at the second annual Carberry Heritage Festival early next month.
The town will celebrate its rich heritage Aug. 8-9, and while this year’s all-ages festival features the return of some favourites from the inaugural event, there’s a lineup of new entertainers and experiences.
Returning for the Friday night old-time dance is fiddler Mark Morisseau and his band. On Saturday the Manitoba Muzzleloaders will be back in their buckskins demonstrating flintlock long guns.
Friday events include an old-fashioned strawberry social, street buskers and artisans as well as walking tours of Carberry's unique heritage district.
Scheduled for Saturday is an afternoon performance by Christina the Crazy Hooper who recently won a talent contest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Christina will do a workshop with kids after her show. Bring your hula hoop.
Other new performers on Saturday include the Sweet Medicine Singers, a group of aboriginal women drummers and singers; and a workshop by Manitoba singer/songwriter Sheena Grobb. Sheena and her band will also perform a Saturday evening concert with local singer Becky Nikolaisen as the warmup act.
New experiences on Saturday include a town tour in a carriage pulled by a team of heavy horses, an array of live heritage breed animals (chickens, swine, goats, cattle, etc.) and a display of hand-quilted treasures. Taste a variety of edible wild plants with botanist Laura Reeves at the Seton Centre.
On Saturday also expect street buskers, artisans, kids' activities, antique flea market, Ernest Thompson Seton's birthday party, walking tours of the town and cemetery, a display about local First World War training camp, Camp Hughes and much more.
To accommodate festival events, one block of Main Street will be closed to traffic. Events begin at 2 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Join us for some family fun and warm country hospitality.