Heritage Festival returning to Carberry



Banner file photo. Old fashioned doughnuts are only one of many popular activities returning this year.

By Tony Eu

Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press

The Carberry Heritage Festival is back, and this year, it’s bigger and better than ever. 

Taking place on Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13, the event marks the fourth year of heritage celebrations. And if past trends are anything to go by, it should be even better than last year’s. “[The festivals] keep growing each year. They’re well attended,” said Cathy Drayson, a representative for the festival.

The heritage district in Carberry is the only declared heritage district in Manitoba.

For those not familiar with the festival, it’s two days of events and shows, “celebrating the heritage district of Carberry,” as Drayson put it.

The Seton Centre art gallery opens at 9 am and the museum at 10 am both days, but the festival really kicks off at 2 pm on Friday, with the start of the first two events: the Fibre Art Exhibit and the Strawberry Social. Events on Friday continue all the way until 11 pm, ending with an Old Time Dance with Mark Morisseau.

The bulk of the events take place Saturday. A flea market, street vendors, tours and demonstrations are just the tip of the iceberg for the festival. The festival this year includes all the same events it had last year, with some additions. Swamp Gas, a folk band from Neepawa, Scottish dancers and solo performer Hannah Van de Woestyne are all brand new additions to the growing festival. Returning from previous years, though they were absent at last year’s event, are the Manitoba Muzzle Loaders.

“Come and check it out, the history is amazing,” Drayson said as a closing remark. 

For more information on the festival and a full list of events, visit www.carberryheritagefestival.com or check out their Facebook page, Carberry Annual Heritage Festival.