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Amanda Westwood serves appetizers during the 16th annual President’s Dinner hosted by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba on Thursday evening at the Victoria Inn.
A sold-out black tie gala last night celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Dome Building.
A custom-made replica of the Dome Building is seen at each table during the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba’s President’s Dinner on Thursday at the Victoria Inn. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
Pat and Stan Cochrane are seen in vintage attire during the 16th annual President’s Dinner on Thursday evening at the Victoria Inn. The gown was worn by Stan’s grandmother at her wedding in 1905 and the suit belonged to his grandfather. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
The 16th annual President’s Dinner, organized and hosted by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, took place at the Victoria Inn, with about 440 people in attendance.
This year’s dinner celebrated a century of producing fairs in Brandon, as well as the centennial of the historic Display Building No. II. The landmark structure, also known as The Dome Building, was built in 1913 as the city prepared to host the world-class Dominion Fair.
"One hundred years ago, the Provincial Exhibition was hand-picked to host The Dominion Fair, due to the agricultural excellence of the Westman region," said Karen Oliver, CEO of the Provincial Exhibition.
"Today, the organization still focuses on highlighting local agriculture and continues to bring in visitors from all over to Brandon for our events."
Along with enjoying a delicious meal, dinner guests had the chance to bid on some great auction prizes.
Items up for auction included: A Royal Manitoba Winter Fair VIP package for four, which includes one evening’s VIP reception and dinner followed by an evening of equestrian showmanship in the VIP seating; a day of sailing for eight at Pelican Lake, with transportation to and from the lake and a catered picnic lunch; and six tickets to a Winnipeg Jets versus Carolina Hurricanes game to be enjoyed in luxury from the Victoria Inn suite at the MTS Centre.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 1, 2013