It was a three-day celebration of all-things Ukrainian in Dauphin over the weekend.
The 47th edition of Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival featured a full lineup of entertainment and activities, from Easter egg decorating and wheat weaving to top-notch dance ensembles and musical performances.
A favourite for many festival-goers was the authentic food — perogies, borscht and cabbage rolls to name a few.
Organizers are thrilled with this year’s festival, which saw higher than average attendance with just over 6,000 visitors.
“I think this is one of our better festivals we’ve had in a while,” said CNUF president David Katcsma.
“It was a great success and we didn’t run into any real glitches or anything.”
The festival was hit with some rain during the evenings, but Katcsma said overall the weather was on their side.
“The weather worked out for us,” he said. “During the day it was fun, it wasn’t too hot, it wasn’t too wet.”
The grandstand shows are always a highlight of the Ukrainian festival and Katcsma said they did not disappoint this year.
“There was live performance from a band (Mandry) from Ukraine, they were just excellent and everybody enjoyed them,” he said. “We were very pleased with their entertainment.”
The grandstand shows also featured Dennis Beyak, Lastiwka Ukrainian Orthodox Choir, Millenia, Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble, Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Sche-Raz Dancers, Spivohrai Ukrainian Children’s Vocal Ensemble, Zirka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Zhyto, among many others.
One of the big draws at the festival was a new feature this year — a fashion show featuring clothing from Ukraine.
“These were actual modern day clothing we had brought in from Ukraine,” Katcsma said.
Well over 200 volunteers made the event go off without a hitch.
“A festival of this magnitude takes a lot of volunteers and a lot of hard work,” Katcsma said.
“We’re very thankful for the people who do come out, otherwise it would be very difficult to put on a festival of this size.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 7, 2012