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The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Steer sale cancelled due to beef industry woes

By Chelsea Kemp Local Journalism Initiative 4 minute read Saturday, Apr. 2, 2022

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair cancelled its annual steer sale Thursday hours before it was set to take place.

The reason behind the last-minute change can be attributed to high feed prices and the uncertainty created by COVID-19, according to organizers.

The looming threat of COVID-19 public health measures potentially cancelling the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair before it got undeway this week, along with expensive feed created the perfect storm for producers, said Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba chair Dallas Johnston. The risks proved to be too high for many producers and the cattle sale saw limited opt-in from farmers, leading to its cancellation.

“Coming out of COVID it’s going to take some time to build some things, but we will get there,” Johnston said. “You can’t blame people when we didn’t know for sure if we were going to be able to proceed. These calves would have had to be on feed from November or December to be ready.”

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Horses teach life skills at fair

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Horses teach life skills at fair

By Karen McKinley 4 minute read Saturday, Apr. 2, 2022

When one hears about horse-centred learning, riding often comes to mind.

What instructor Kim Richardson teaches isn’t a riding program. She offers an equine assisted learning program at Lucky Break Ranch and Tack, where everyone is on the ground and on the same level with the horses.

And the purpose of this program is to teach what Richardson calls “armour of skills.” Among them: resiliency, confidence, focus, leadership, communication, choice, empathy, teamwork, problem solving and boundaries.

Animals have been vital to therapy programs for their calming effects and teaching people about empathy, teamwork and healing trauma, Richardson said. In this case, it’s trained horses.

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Saturday, Apr. 2, 2022

When one hears about horse-centred learning, riding often comes to mind.

What instructor Kim Richardson teaches isn’t a riding program. She offers an equine assisted learning program at Lucky Break Ranch and Tack, where everyone is on the ground and on the same level with the horses.

And the purpose of this program is to teach what Richardson calls “armour of skills.” Among them: resiliency, confidence, focus, leadership, communication, choice, empathy, teamwork, problem solving and boundaries.

Animals have been vital to therapy programs for their calming effects and teaching people about empathy, teamwork and healing trauma, Richardson said. In this case, it’s trained horses.

Pups prove popular at fair

By Chelsea Kemp Local Journalism Initiative 5 minute read Preview

Pups prove popular at fair

By Chelsea Kemp Local Journalism Initiative 5 minute read Friday, Apr. 1, 2022

Proving anything is paw-sible with a supportive team and cheering crowd, the WoofJocks Canine All Stars made a triumphant return to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair stage this week.

It was “magnificent” being back at the fair after seeing it cancelled for the past two years due to COVID-19, said WoofJocks emcee Karen Sandford. Sandford was at the show with her dogs Ringo Starr and Johnny B. Good.

“The crowds have been amazing, so welcoming and just so happy to see us again,” Sandford said. “We’re so glad to be back.”

The dogs are especially feeling pumped to be back, said Winnipeg-based WoofJock Emily Lowes, bringing their ultimate tricks and athletic feats to the Westoba Place Main Arena and Flynn Arena TD Ag Action Stage for six-action packed days. Lowes appeared in shows with her dogs Fidget, Shuffle and Wilson.

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Friday, Apr. 1, 2022

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Aimee, 6, Austin, 11, and Nolan, 9, visit with Ringo Starr Friday during a WoofJocks meet and greet.

Future of 4-H looking brighter

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Future of 4-H looking brighter

By Karen McKinley 5 minute read Thursday, Mar. 31, 2022

The pandemic put a lot of pressure on 4-H around Manitoba, but the future is looking brighter as clubs adapt to become more flexible.

Many clubs lost members over the pandemic as events moved online, or were shut down completely, but the Brandon Explorers 4-H saw their numbers grow as families sought out activities.

Formed only three years ago, most Explorers are aged six to 10 years old, said leader Kristen Phillips. It’s a multipurpose club, meeting from May to September with activities ranging from outdoor living, to crafts, small and large animals, woodworking and agriculture.

They held some activities remotely over Zoom and others in person and outdoors, depending on what the restrictions were at the time.

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Thursday, Mar. 31, 2022

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Brooklyn Holliday, 8, of Carberry, pets her 4-H Holstein, Mermaid, during the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair on Thursday. Manitoba 4-H clubs are looking to bounce back after taking a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doodles a Winter Fair icon

By Chelsea Kemp Local Journalism Initiative 5 minute read Preview

Doodles a Winter Fair icon

By Chelsea Kemp Local Journalism Initiative 5 minute read Thursday, Mar. 31, 2022

Boasting an unbelievable 40-year career in the entertainment industry, Royal Manitoba Winter Fair icon Doodles the Clown is grateful to be back on stage doing what he does best — bringing joy to children and families.

Doodles, a.k.a. Shane Faberman, has been performing at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and Manitoba Summer Fair for almost 30 years. Now, he’s back at the Keystone Centre after two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doodles has forged strong friendships in the Wheat City and it has been a joy for him to watch fans he entertained in their youth now bring their young families to his shows.

“It’s such a thrill. When I walk around, people will come up to me, and I just want to do photos and have fun with everybody.”

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Thursday, Mar. 31, 2022

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Doodles the Clown poses for a photo at Manitoba Hydro Auditorium Thursday. He has been performing at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair for more than 30 years.

The 2022 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

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The 2022 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

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Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2022

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Sarah Wilson with Ovation W Equestrian puts braids in the mane of her Canadian warmblood horse, Mardi Gras, in preparation for competing in Hunter classes during the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair on Tuesday.

Tom Bishop’s Wild West Show takes centre stage

By Joseph Bernacki 6 minute read Preview

Tom Bishop’s Wild West Show takes centre stage

By Joseph Bernacki 6 minute read Monday, Mar. 28, 2022

It has been 16 years since Tom Bishop and his travelling Wild West Show performed at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, and the days of trick roping and trick riding have returned in full swing.

More than 2,300 kilometres of driving separates Brandon from Tom Bishop’s 4B Ranch near Pelham, Ont.

In front of a raucous crowd at the Keystone Centre, Bishop and his two performers, Alyssa Remenda and Braillyn Giroux, delighted thousands of fans Monday afternoon and evening as they started off the week with a bang.

The Monday afternoon show included several hair-raising stunts as Remenda and Giroux took to trick riding off the side of Remenda’s horse, Chance, and Bishop showed the audience why he has a strong connection with horses, performing several lasso tricks and a math sketch with the animals that drew immense applause from the audience.

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Monday, Mar. 28, 2022

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Braillyn Giroux, a trick rider with Tom Bishop’s Wild West Show, gets ready to perform in the main arena during the opening day of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair on Monday afternoon.

Our lens on the RMWF

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Our lens on the RMWF

The Brandon Sun 1 minute read Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair has long been a favourite of Brandon Sun photographers, as every day offers something interesting to view through our lenses.

We have been blessed with the talents of some highly skilled men and women behind the cameras over the years, all of whom have given us a visual record of the fair for decades - even before it ever earned the designation "Royal."

To kick off Brandon's fair week, I have selected some of our best images over the last two decades in our archives, and pulled them together for this Royal photo essay.

I hope you all have a great week at the fair!

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Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022

Tamie Phillips of Strathmore, AB, leaps over an obstacle atop Santos during her run at the MTS Allstream Grand Prix at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon. (Tim Smith/Brandon Sun)

Winter Fair to honour health-care workers

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Winter Fair to honour health-care workers

3 minute read Thursday, Mar. 17, 2022

Health-care workers are being honoured by the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair for all their hard work and sacrifice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba and Prairie Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Retailers across the province plan to honour medical professionals from Prairie Mountain Health during the 2022 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

As a thank-you for all their work, 500 individuals will receive complimentary tickets to the event, which will be held from March 28 through April 2 at Brandon’s Keystone Centre. As well, the Provincial Exhibition has dubbed April 1 as “Health-Care Workers Day” at the Winter Fair, which returns this year after having been cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.

For two years, health-care workers across the world have continued to deliver essential services in the most difficult of circumstances. They managed to set aside their own fears and fatigue, working long and challenging hours in hospitals, personal-care homes, vaccine clinics and more.

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Thursday, Mar. 17, 2022

Health-care workers are being honoured by the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair for all their hard work and sacrifice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba and Prairie Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Retailers across the province plan to honour medical professionals from Prairie Mountain Health during the 2022 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

As a thank-you for all their work, 500 individuals will receive complimentary tickets to the event, which will be held from March 28 through April 2 at Brandon’s Keystone Centre. As well, the Provincial Exhibition has dubbed April 1 as “Health-Care Workers Day” at the Winter Fair, which returns this year after having been cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.

For two years, health-care workers across the world have continued to deliver essential services in the most difficult of circumstances. They managed to set aside their own fears and fatigue, working long and challenging hours in hospitals, personal-care homes, vaccine clinics and more.