BLOG: Red River Ex: #HappyPlace in Manitoba summers


There is  always something for everyone.  It’s that unique feeling of being young and  be surrounded by people in high spirit at the annual  Red River Exhibition.

While my kids got the time of their lives  in  the midway rides,  my mother and I simply enjoyed  hotdogs and  ice cream (plus of course the  walk  around with the busy crowd).

My husband was delighted  to chaperone my  11-year old  daughter Deona and her best friend  Arian. Watching the  girls scream their hearts out in most of the rides was amazing (but also terrifying for me).

“I  love coming here!   Niagara Falls is my favorite!”   Deona exclaimed. Arian on  the  other hand  loves  the thrill of the  Mega Drop.

It was a rush  of adreanalin for the two girls who  couldn’t  contain their excitement having to spend  time together in those rides  even  if they they had to wait in long line-up.

My eight-year old son Zedric and his cousin, six year old Nejan,  had their blood pumped up  being  allowed in  more rides this time. They also love the close

encounter with farm  animals  under  the  Big  Red Barn.


Every year, summers  in  Manitoba   are made colorful with the annual  Red River Ex.

The  ten-day festival  that falls in  June  takes place at  Exhibition Park and  features various types of rides,   music and  concerts,  stage shows and  agricultural exhibits.

The Red River Ex is also a venue  for  budding  local artists  and entertainers to show off their talents at the #Starbound Talent Show.  Evanov media personalities Lucille Nolasco (CKJS 810AM)  and Tyler Carr (Energy 106)   were members of the board of judges for this  year’s talent search).

Another attraction is the  showcase of  local performers  from the Filipino community  at the Filipino Journal  Heritage Evening.

There is a multitude of  food kiosks offering a variety of food choices  to satisfy hungry tummies.


Red River Ex started way back in  1950s and  continues to grow despite that it has always been accompanied by rain according to records.

This year was not an exemption  when it poured  in some days between June 14 to June 23.

But despite the rain, organizers report  that   the festival  saw a four percent increase in attendance.

The fair  run by  North American Midway Entertainment  saw attendance grow to 203,624 people this year.


Every  Red River Ex experience leaves  lovely memories of  each summer that kids and kids-at heart alike would certainly remember and this is one for the book.

Until next year!









Posted in All Stories, Donna Natividad-Arenas

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