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Where the lilies bloom

Chelsea Wehrhahn and Kailyn Gregorash from Flashback Comics in Neepawa.

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Chelsea Wehrhahn and Kailyn Gregorash from Flashback Comics in Neepawa.

The Neepawa Lily Festival is and always has been one of the most beautiful festivals in Manitoba — a "must attend" for everyone.

Bea Storm and Roland Vane.

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Bea Storm and Roland Vane. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Young members of the Island Vibe Dance Group.

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Young members of the Island Vibe Dance Group. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Nicolas Balaho and Gino Jaune.

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Nicolas Balaho and Gino Jaune. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

 Jeanne Gitzel and Marlene Anderson.

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Jeanne Gitzel and Marlene Anderson. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Christine Dionne and Ladean Moton.

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Christine Dionne and Ladean Moton. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Melissa and Isaac Kozak.

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Melissa and Isaac Kozak. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Brenna, Jason and Brooklynn Sawchuk.

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Brenna, Jason and Brooklynn Sawchuk. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Offering three days of lilies, music, food and family fun, the weekend was jam-packed with entertainment, the lily show, a quilt show, a fiddlers’ contest, a parade, street vendors, bus and horse tours, cabarets, an auto show and shine, kids’ events, a Margaret Laurence antique and collectible sale, a family old-tyme dance, a 5K and 10K Run, a 5K Walk ... phew ...and so much more!

I travelled to the festival on July 26 just in time to catch the Sawchuk Sisters, one of the amazing acts who performed throughout the weekend.

Brooklyn and Brenna are 12 and 10 years of age, and are very talented and completely adorable. The two girls sing and play the violin, accompanied by their father Jason Sawchuk on the accordion. It was an absolutely beautiful performance and nothing in my opinion sounds as sweet as sibling harmonies.

I had a chance to speak with Jason, and he said his girls have already performed at multiple big-name festivals.

Make sure to mark your calendar for next year. For more information on the festival ,please visit: lilyfestival.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 16, 2014

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The Neepawa Lily Festival is and always has been one of the most beautiful festivals in Manitoba — a "must attend" for everyone.

Offering three days of lilies, music, food and family fun, the weekend was jam-packed with entertainment, the lily show, a quilt show, a fiddlers’ contest, a parade, street vendors, bus and horse tours, cabarets, an auto show and shine, kids’ events, a Margaret Laurence antique and collectible sale, a family old-tyme dance, a 5K and 10K Run, a 5K Walk ... phew ...and so much more!

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The Neepawa Lily Festival is and always has been one of the most beautiful festivals in Manitoba — a "must attend" for everyone.

Offering three days of lilies, music, food and family fun, the weekend was jam-packed with entertainment, the lily show, a quilt show, a fiddlers’ contest, a parade, street vendors, bus and horse tours, cabarets, an auto show and shine, kids’ events, a Margaret Laurence antique and collectible sale, a family old-tyme dance, a 5K and 10K Run, a 5K Walk ... phew ...and so much more!

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