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!