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Weekend packed with activities

By: Ian Froese

Posted: 08/8/2014 9:54 AM

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Members of the Kleefeld Fire Department, including two young supporters, take part in the parade at last year's Kleefeld Honey Festival.

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Members of the Kleefeld Fire Department, including two young supporters, take part in the parade at last year's Kleefeld Honey Festival.

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August unfortunately means our summer is coming to a close. Luckily for us, there's probably no weekend in the Southeast offering as many activities to enjoy as what is incoming.

In Kleefeld, two days are better than one.

Last year, a second day was added to the Honey Festival festivities, and it's clear the experiment worked as Kleefeld again begins their community festival on Friday night. Drop by that evening for a movie doubleheader at 8 p.m., Rio 2 followed by Blended.

On Saturday, it's the aromas of pancakes and chili. The pancake breakfast happens at 7 a.m., while chili cook-off competitors start preparing their dishes at 8 a.m. You can return to the park for a chili lunch after the parade at 10 a.m. In the night, Jay Burns and Cracked Eggshell entertain before the fireworks display.

The Landmark Friendship Festival opens Friday with lawnmower races and roadkill supper, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Return on Saturday for the parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by a hot dog lunch. The afternoon will again bring a taste of Folklorama to the Southeast. The Peru, Japan and Ireland pavilions come to town for 1:30 p.m.

Landmark will also play host to a motorcycle rally. Riders can take part in the parade, enjoy lunch and then partake in a 125 km ride at 12:45 p.m.

In Richer, the sophmore showing for the community's Rough Stock Rodeo happens this weekend.

Friday starts with a new bull riding event. Gates open at 6 p.m. More rodeo action commences at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Carrick Days returns with the annual search for the best horseshoe team duo at 1 p.m. Sunday's highlight is the fiddling contest at 1 p.m.

Visit the Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve this Saturday for Prairie Day, located three kilometres east of Tolstoi on PR 209.

Several guest speakers have been arranged, but there's also less-structured events such as partaking in a bug hunt or critter catching.

In Steinbach, watch a plowing demonstrating one mile west of Steinbach from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the evening, there's a movie showing of Despicable Me 2 at dusk at A.D. Penner Park.

More details on this weekend's festivities is available in the Aug. 7 edition of The Carillon.

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