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!

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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!


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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!

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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!

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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.

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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


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Get Ready for Canada Day!

Canada will be 150 years old in less than a month!

Vlaasta Enns, 91, of Middlebro is showing off her creativity with her Canada-themed flowerbed and quilt!ideas for Canada Day

How are you planning to celebrate?

Attend Events!

South Junction – Fireworks

Canada Day events are popular ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday, with food stands,

fireworks and rodeos. This year, events are going to be over the top because we’ve hit 150! Plan on attending Canada Day in South Junction on

Vita Canada Day Rodeo

June 30th at 8:30 pm with local entertainment and fireworks! Then wake up bright and early for Vita’s Canada Day parade on July 1st. There will be kid’s activities, rodeo and much more!

Decorate Your Yard!

The RM of Stuartburn is holding a yard decorating contest for Canada Day this year! Deck those flowerbeds and hang your flags for cash prizes! To register your lawn call: 425-3218 or email: inquiries@rmofstuartburn.com

Cook Canadian

Celebrate with a full stomach by trying out some authentic Canadian recipes! Get your mouth watering with some homemade poutine or lobster mac n’ cheese. Use ingredients like pure maple syrup, bacon and beer!

Learn Our History

There’s nothing more celebratory than learning about our history. The Sprague and District Museum has an informative display on Canada and the RM of Piney’s role in the last 150 years. To learn more about Ukrainian culture in Canada, visit the Gardenton

Gardenton Museum
Ukrainian school house in Gardenton

Ukrainian Museum. Canada is rich in culture and heritage. Learn your local history!

sprague museum


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Susydka Dance Recital

On Saturday the Susydka dancers from Vita twirled and clicked their heels at their annual recital.

The Susydka Ukrainian Dance Club has come a long way in the last five years, winning awards and gold medals in Ukrainian dancing under their talented instructor from Ukraine. The dancers show off their pride for Ukrainian culture through their graceful arms, strong footwork and brilliant smiles.

The afternoon featured traditional dances from the Poltava, Transcarpathian and Bukovynian regions as well as fun character dances like ‘The Gossiping Babas’ and a dance featuring sibling rivalry over a tambourine.

Susydka performs at many other venues throughout the year, including the Folklorama Kiev Pavilion and the Gardenton Festival. Keep your eyes open for your talented local dance club!

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susykda dancers

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