Royal Manitoba Winter Fair begins

File photo. The 2012 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. (Facebook / Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba)

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is here!

From March 25th to 30th, one of Western Canada’s largest agricultural events, and the largest annual event held in Brandon, will be in the Keystone Centre once again. One of the only two Canadian fairs to ever receive patronage from Queen Elizabeth II, this year features a host of daily events ranging from the Royal Petting Zoo to the Calcutta Cattle auction. Musical entertainment and drink will feature at the Barn Bar, as well as the 40th Annual Royal Fiddlers’ Contest, taking place on Tuesday, March 26th – a guaranteed “toe-tapping good time.” Of course, the Super Dogs are back, promising to “raise the Woof” this year. The equine portion of the RMWF is also returning, showcasing barrel racing, hunter and jumper horses, and heavy horses.

In honor of the fair, Westman businesses decorate office windows and entrances, and wear denim during the festival for the “6 Days of Denim” contest, competing for RMWF VIP prize bundles including cocktail receptions, banquets and seating packages.

Gates for the RMWF are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from Monday, March 25th to Saturday, March 30th.

For more details on displays and volunteer opportunities, visit the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba’s website.