Restoration Backed For Farm Fair Landmark

The landmark domed farm fair building in Brandon is $500,000 in public funds closer to restoration.

Premier Greg Selinger pledged the funding Thursday while attending the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair at the Keystone Centre.

The domed building, a. k. a. “Display Building 2” on the Keystone Centre grounds, was built in 1913 as part of the Dominion Fair, which was hosted in Brandon by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba.

Display Building 2 is the last remaining building in Canada made for the Dominion Fair that was once awarded to different cities throughout Canada, the province noted.

“Brandon’s domed building is a rare surviving example of agricultural buildings constructed in Manitoba and is one of the best known and easily identified structures of the Keystone Centre site,” Selinger said in a release.

Displays and events held in the building “have played an important role in helping to educate Manitobans about all aspects of agriculture and rural life,” the province said.

Its restoration is expected to enable the Provincial Exhibition to work with community partners to continue to boost awareness of agriculture and its contributions to rural communities, Selinger said.

Neil Thomson, president of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, said the funding “speaks to the significance of this building in Manitoba’s agricultural history.”

Display Building 2 features prominently in the logo of the Provincial Exhibition, which itself has operated since 1882 and runs the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Manitoba Summer Fair and Manitoba Livestock Expo in Brandon.

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