By Marianne Curtis
The population of Steinbach swelled by a few thousand people when the city hosted the 2nd annual Summer in the City Festival on June 18 and 19. The two day event showcases local arts and entertainment and featured Dave Brody and Loverboy as the headline acts.
Vic Toews, MP for Provencher attended the event and personally delivered a $27,000 in federal support for the 2nd Annual Summer in the City.
“I extend my sincere congratulations all the organizers of this festival and I commend you for ensuring this festival becomes an annual event for our town,” said Toews. “I wish you the best of success with this year’s celebration.”
At the opening ceremonies on Friday, Mayor Chris Goertzen congratulated the community for doing such a good job with the festival.
“This is a big deal for our community,” stated Goertzen. “Steinbach is a growing successful city and we have a lot to celebrate here.”
Keith Unger, Chairperson for the Summer in the City Festival was optimistic that this year’s event will exceed the success of last year and that is exactly what happened.
“The weather caused some problems on Friday night and we had to move the Dean Brody concert indoors to the fire hall but the crowds did not mind,” stated Unger. “There were a lot of people on the street and the weather was perfect on Saturday.”
Other performances on Friday night including Katelyn Dawn, Jason Kirkness and Hawg Wilde went on as planned. New attractions this year, including a midway ensured that young and old had plenty to keep them busy during the two day festival.
The festival wrapped up on Saturday night with a huge concert including “Elvis” Corny Rempel, Dormant Ember and Sweet Water Creek. At the end of the night, Loverboy took the main stage and had their encore enhanced with a spectacular fireworks display which was also a first for the festival.