Open Farm Day 2017

From sheep, to cows, to horses, to butterflies, Open Farm Day in Sunrise Corner was definitely worth the trip!

There were four Open Farms this September, located in Sunrise Corner, for curious individuals and families to explore:

  1. Friesen & Ceron Sheep Farm- Zhoda, MB
  2. Moonshadow Holsteins Inc. – St. Labre, MB
  3. Nature’s Conservancy of Canada Weston Family Interpretive Centre – Gardenton, MB
  4. Green Pastures Farm – Gardenton, MB

Open Farm Day is a great way to get out and see the traditional practice of farming that is still active all around us. The farms listed in welcome visitors with open arms and are ready to share the pride of agriculture with the world!

Photos are of Moonshadow Holsteins Inc. and Green Pastures Farm.

The Sundown Gymkhana

The Sundown Gymkhana is a small, friendly environment for riders of all ages to have fun with their horses! A gymkhana is a horse show where riders compete in timed events such as barrels, keyhole and the sack race.

With great food (deep fried perogies …yum!) and a constant line up of fun planned, the Sundown Gymkhana was the perfect place to be Sunday afternoon! Proceeds from the food and rider’s entrance fees were donated to charity.

6th Annual Show n’ Shine

The Show n’ Shine is an annual fundraiser in Sprague that raised money this year for the school.

Cars came from far and wide to show off their shine.

There was also live music, a raffle, and a BBQ! It was definitely a day worth taking part of.

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Carrick Days 2017

Carrick Days: This small-town festival is big-time fun!

August 12 was the kick off to Carrick Days – with a horse shoe tournament, toe-tapping bands, a watermelon eating contest, mechanical bull riding and more!

Friends and family from near and far gathered in the clearing of the historic Spurgrave Schoolhouse and celebrated summer.

There was something for everybody! Youngsters escaped the heat by getting into the dunk tank. Teens tested their skill on the mechanical bull. And if you were feeling charitable, you could always have a friend or family member arrested and bailed out of the Carrick Jail – hey, it’s for charity!

The Perfect Day for Prairie Day

Saturday August 12 was the perfect day to learn more about the natural heritage that surrounds us!

Prairie Day is an annual event held on the Prairie Shore Interpretive Trail near Tolstoi, MB. It’s a day for the whole family to learn about local plant life, insects, amphibians and much more!

Participants learnt about local medicinal plants, rare salamanders, and got a guided tour of the Prairie Shore Trail.

The day couldn’t have been better!


Gardenton Hosts Angel’s Cabin!

Saturday was a big day for Gardenton as they hosted local bands for their annual Angel’s Cabin concert.

Angel’s Cabin is a local music company that works to bring local artists to the stage.

The bands were all unique – featuring country, rock, singer-songwriter and more. Some singing original music, and some playing well-known covers. Some came all the way from Winnipeg to perform for the small crowd that gathered.

Don’t miss next year’s Angel’s Cabin concert!

The Gardenton Ukrainian Festival

The Gardenton Festival is a time for Ukrainians to come together in celebration of their culture. It’s also a time to meet new friends, relive memories and bust out your dance moves!

Saturday, July 15 was a smashing success. The weather held out for an outdoor stage show with four amazing dance groups to entertain the crowd with dances from different regions of Ukraine. There were also local musicians, kid’s activities, beer gardens, and amazing homemade Ukrainian cuisine!

In the evening, locals and dancers gathered for a Zabava (Ukrainian dance party) to culminate the day – waltzes, two-steps and hot polkas were brought to you by the Starlites.

The whole day was charged with cultural pride and showcased a large range of talent. Be sure to make it out next year!

St-Labre 200

St-Labre 200, an annual go cart building-and-racing competition got underway Friday, July 7.Homemade Go Cart in St-Labre

On Friday, teams built their go carts. On Saturday, the day kicked off with drone races and qualifying laps. Drone races are incredibly hard to watch because the sheer speed with which these little machines whir through the air.

Homemade Drone at St-Labre
Homemade Drone

Drone Races in St-Labre


The races of the day included an alumni race, powder puff race and an ‘old farts’ race. 20 laps around the track to determine a winner. There was mud, flipped go carts, victories and screaming fans.go cart racing

At six o’clock the main race started – of 200 hundred laps followed by bands and celebration.

It was a wild time at St-Labre 200.

Weather Holds out for Canada Day!

Canada Day in Sunrise Corner was wild – with fireworks, live bands, rodeo and sports – people from all over came out to celebrate Canada’s 150 years!

Festivities started in South Junction, where crowds gathered for free hot dogs, cookies, local bands and fireworks. The show was spectacular!

The next morning in Vita, parade entries took to the streets despite the rain clouds. The day cleared up to be warm and sunny – perfect for an afternoon of baseball and rodeo!

The Heartland Rodeo brought bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling and a lot more to the festival grounds! It was a show to remember.

As the sky turned darker, the lights came up and Quinton Blaire performed live for a music video – at the same time entertaining the crowds gathered in the beer gardens to wait for fireworks.

The fireworks in Vita are renowned for being the best in eastern Manitoba. Canfire did not disappoint! The display was the best yet.

Here in Sunrise Corner, we’re proud to be Canadian. It sure shows in our celebrations!

Fireworks at Vita Canada Day
Fireworks at Vita Canada Day