By Tyler Sutherland
A family of Manitoba honey farmers have been named the 2014 Farm Family of the Year by the Red River Exhibition Association.
Phil Veldhuis and Vona Guiler, with their children Timmy and Jayna, are the owners/operators of Phil’s Honey.
“This annual award celebrates the steadfast people in our rural communities whose efforts continually enhance the way of life of their families, neighbours, and the Manitoba economy,” said Garth Rogerson, CEO of the RREA. “It is our honour to recognize the forerunners in this important provincial industry as we profile the diversity and achievements of exceptionally deserving families.”
The Red River Exhibition has won four awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE).
The IAFE recognized the Ex for three awards in the agricultural awards program and one in the communications awards program.
“The Red River Ex has heard from our guests that agriculture education and animals experiences are of high interest and enjoyment,” said Garth Rogerson, CEO of the Red River Exhibition Association.
The smell of mini donuts and cotton candy will permeate the air on the western edge of Winnipeg today as the Red River Ex opens for another season.
Helping to keep things fresh, the Ex has plenty of new attractions this year, including the Continental Stock Dog Championship — the first-ever competition where stock dogs coral three sheep in under four minutes for the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.
Canada rapper Classified will perform Thursday, June 20, but there’s plenty of acts to keep fair-goers entertained until then, including Jason Blaine with guests Small Town Pistols, Faber Drive, Trooper, Glass Tiger, Econoline Crush, and Alan Doyle.
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New attractions this season include the Continental Stock Dog Championship — the first-ever competition where stock dogs coral three sheep in under four minutes for the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize. Musical performers Classified, Trooper, Faber Drive, George Canyon and Glass Tiger, and others will also take the stage.
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Advance gate tickets are available at Sobeys, Mac’s or RedRiverEx.com for $9. Visit the Ex’s website for a complete rundown of this year’s events and attractions.
The Red River Ex is just over a month away and organizers have offered up a preview of what visitors can expect this year.
The annual exhibition runs June 14-23 and will include shows, concerts, entertainment, animals and more.
New this year is the Continental Stock Dog Championship — the first-ever competition where stock dogs coral three sheep in under four minutes for the chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.
Also on the agenda is an equestrian acrobatic show where riders perform acrobatic tricks on horseback.
The Red River Ex is seven months away, but Winnipeg will see all things fair-related during a four-day convention starting today.
The 86th Annual Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions is meeting in Winnipeg. More than 200 delegates are arriving to take in keynote speakers, workshop presentations, showcase entertainment and the Canadian Youth Talent Competition.
“The combined economic impact of all Canadian fairs and exhibitions amounts to over $1 billion. The fair business is big business and we are looking forward to a wealth of knowledge being traded, the opportunity to showcase new entertainment ideas and the ability to showcase Winnipeg to the rest of Canada,” said Garth Rogerson, CEO of the Red River Exhibition Association, who is also hosting the convention.
The convention wraps up on Saturday and is being held at the Delta Winnipeg.
Canadian pop star-turned-international hit maker Carly Rae Jepsen belted out her famous tunes Saturday at the Red River Ex.
The 26-year-old “Call Me Maybe” singer delivered that hit, plus several others for the thousands who packed the park. There was such a demand for Jepsen, that just getting into the park was an issue. Traffic was backed up on Portage Avenue for several kilometres hours prior to the afternoon concert.
Asked after her show whether she wakes up in the morning and thinks, ‘Wow! Why me?’ because of her rapid success, Jepsen said, “Yes, it all seems surreal right now but not just the morning, it continues all day and into the evening.”
Jepsen told ChrisD.ca she feels blessed for her success and appreciates how a precious few get to live the dream and be successful at what they love doing.
Jepsen shares a Winnipeg connection, as her grandparents, aunt and uncle live in the city.
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A 13-year-old boy is facing charges after allegedly unleashing bear spray at the Red River Ex on Sunday.
The incident happened at about 3:15 p.m. when the teen and a group of friends became engaged in a confrontation with another group of people. Winnipeg police say the teen began spraying the liquid in all directions, where several bystanders were hit.
An off-duty police officer who witnesses the attack helped fair security apprehend the teen.
Police say the teen was also carrying a loaded pellet gun. He’s facing seven charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and two counts of failing to comply with the condition of an undertaking. He’s being held at the Manitoba Youth Centre.
Security at the Red River Ex already perform random pat-downs and bag checks, but will be stepping up enforcement in light of the incident.
The smell of mini donuts and other delectable midway treats will be permeating the air at Red River Exhibition Park beginning today.
The 2012 Red River Ex will swing open its gates at noon to kick off 10 days of rides, concerts and other family-friendly entertainment.
Big draws this year include Canadian singers Tom Cochrane and Carly Rae Jepsen (ever heard of that song Call Me Maybe?), who will perform on the main stage June 18 and June 23, respectively. Following Jepsen’s matinee performance, Dragonette will take the stage.
Each day will pack something different to see and comes included with general gate admission. Discounted gate tickets are $5 before 5 p.m. today and Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22. General admission is $8 in advance (Sobeys, Mac’s) or $12 on-site. Children under six are free.
For a complete list of activities, download the 2012 event guide.
ChrisD.ca is a proud media partner of this year’s Red River Ex.
Updated at 1:45 p.m. / ChrisD.ca video