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The historic dome building on the Keystone Centre grounds in Brandon.

Pandemic puts time out on RMWF planning

The hits keep coming for Manitoba’s ag fairs

COVID-19 has hit pause on yet another ag fair normally put on by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. The exhibition board has suspended planning for the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, which typically draws thousands to Brandon’s Keystone Centre for trade shows, horse and cattle exhibits, agricultural education and other entertainment in March, the exhibition announced

Kayci Cameron of Brandon gets acquainted with a curious goat at the 2018 Manitoba Summer Fair petting zoo.

COVID-19 claims two-thirds of Brandon’s major ag fairs

Manitoba Summer Fair hits the chopping block, but word is still out on Ag Ex

Brandon’s Keystone Centre should have been shoulder-to-shoulder crowds June 3-7 with the pop-up city of towering rides, food trucks and entertainers that is the Manitoba Summer Fair. This year, however, the lots were bare. The Manitoba Summer Fair is now the second of three major events put on by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba to fall prey


Brandon’s dome building has been a mark of the Provincial Exhibition for over a century.

COVID-19 fears put a halt to agricultural events

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, annual meeting of the Manitoba Pork Council and KAP’s Discover Ag in the City have all been cancelled

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair tops the list of agriculture-related events facing cancellation due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “We’ve been monitoring this situation as it’s been developing all along,” Ron Kristjansson, general manger of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, said. “Obviously, public safety needs to be a huge concern for us in the events business

Ex moves to rebuild heavy horse show

The organization says it remains committed to the iconic event

The Provincial Exhibition is beginning the process of rebuilding the heavy horse show at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair after just two hitches competed this year. A meeting held during the fair in late March saw concerns brought forward by 50 exhibitors and draft horse enthusiasts. The goal of the discussion was to come away

Dallas Johnston, pictured with grandson Aysen Abey, and the black Angus steer named Profyle who raised $32,250 for his namesake organization with the CancerCare Foundation.

Cattle industry rallies around CancerCare

The sector says it’s going to do all it can to raise the ‘PROFYLE’ of the fight against childhood cancer

A recent auction at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair worked overtime — or perhaps more accurately, double time — to raise funds for children’s cancer research. In the end the event raised over $32,000 for this cause, and how that figure was raised is a testament to the charitable generosity of the sector. An Angus


Phillip Waldner of Plainview Colony stands beside his grand champion carcass.

Two in a row for Plainview Colony

Plainview Colony has had a good few years at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair pork quality competition, chalking up another win this year

Plainview Colony was the best in show for the second year running at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair’s annual pork quality competition. The colony’s north barn successfully defended its grand champion spot. Last year, the barn claimed both first and second in the annual winter fair competition on top of a fourth-place finish in December

Kate (left) and Anne (right) Kotula of St. Andrews learn how to wrap a horse leg for transport at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine exhibit at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

Show and tell at the fair

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair put on a real push to 
educate an urban audience on agriculture

Most people will never live a day in the life of a veterinarian. But for a booth tucked into the most kid-focused corner of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair the goal was to give attendees just a taste of it and provide a little practical ag education while they’re at it. At one table, staff

The iconic heavy horses of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair have been disappearing in recent years.

Where are all the heavy horses?

The RMWF’s iconic heavy horse show is in serious decline

Just 15 years ago the heavy horse show at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair was so popular that there had to be a draw to determine who would be awarded one of the 16 coveted show slots. Last year however, just eight teams participated in the show. This year there could be even fewer, disappointing


Four-year-old Slone Brown helps his father in the ring during a roping demonstration at the 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

Winter fair clinics look to pass the torch on horse skills

Attendees got the ABCs of how to ride and rope properly from local experts during the 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Shane Brown grew up on rodeo. A self-described third-generation cowboy, Brown was raised on his family’s ranch watching his father rope before entering competition himself. His family has been a stalwart supporter of the sport, often pitching in behind events like the Virden Indoor Rodeo, Manitoba Calf Roped Unlimited Finals, and other roping competitions. He

Horses at this year’s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair had to prove valid vaccination for equine herpes and equine influenza.

Provincial Ex beefs up biosecurity

Brandon’s Royal Manitoba Winter Fair joined the list of events requiring 
specific vaccinations in order for horses to compete this year

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is toughening up its biosecurity. The 2018 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair was the first time the body required proof of vaccination for both equine herpes virus and equine influenza. “It’s been very positive,” said Ron Kristjansson, general manager for the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. “There’s more awareness of some equine