Blumenort Fair full of community spirit


Several local musicians including Liza Mae Johnson who was an early contender on this season’s Canada’s Got Talent took to the stage during the festival.

By Marianne Curtis

The committee of organizers behind this year’s Blumenort Fun and Fair days couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to host the three day festival. The event which took place from June 22 to 24 drew crowds of attendees and even broke a record attendance for a community breakfast.

Event organizer Michael Dueck says the event was successful due to the nearly 70 volunteers who turned out to help set up and run the event.

“When I started planning, I didn’t know we had this many volunteers in this community had,” explained Dueck. “When it comes to a hard working group, Blumenort definitely has it; this is a community with a lot of spirit.”

Kicking off June 22 with karaoke, open mic talent, great music and a family movie at dusk the event drew in over a hundred locals on the first night.
Saturday morning started with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Blumenort LUD and the RM of Hanover saw over six hundred people fed.

“The most people we have had in the past is about three hundred – this morning we served over six hundred breakfasts – it was so busy we considered delaying the parade, but it all worked out,” added Dueck.  “The weekend was a big success.”

Afterwards, there was a parade, entrainment with  Lulu and the Tomcat, bouncers, mini train rides, kiddie carnival, petting zoo, a magician. Local groups including the Stony Brook dancers, X company dancers and the Southeast Spark also showed off their talents.  At 2pm there will be a tug of war and at 4pm more great music on the main stage. At dusk there will be fireworks.
On Sunday there was a community church service followed by a free Mexican Disco lunch.    There will also be a vast array of entertainment including McKenzie Road on Friday. On Saturday, Liza Mae Johnson an early contestant on this season’s Canada’s Got Talent; Jason Kirkness, Hurricane Jenny and the Jake Brakes also took the stage.

Photos by Marianne Curtis

Kids of all ages lines the street to take in the mid-morning parade which included several vintage tractors.

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