Thousands attend Hanover Ag Fair

The gymkhana, which took place in the new grandstand and arena was a hit for participants and spectators alike. 

By Marianne Curtis

Thousands of people came out to Grunthal over the course of three days when the community hosted the 67 annual Hanover Ag Fair and Rodeo which took place on August 16 to 19.

Kicking off Friday with a ribbon cutting and Bullarama, the weekend was jam packed with activities for all ages.

On Saturday the day began with a pancake breakfast and 4-H shows. At 10AM spectators were treated to a parade where Attendees brought in on-perishable food items in support of the Grunthal and Area Foodbank.

Wayne Lemay, President of the Hanover Ag Fair is very pleased with this year’s event.

“The parade was very well attended and the chicken barbeque was also very popular,” stated Lemay. “Over two hundred volunteers ensured the weekend was a success – we couldn’t do this without them.”

Not only were there tons of activities for everyone to participate in or watch but the food was spectacular. Several hundred people took part in the World Famous Grunthal Chicken Barbecue which took place at noon at the Arena, right after the Parade. Attendance was repeated when a whole hog barbecue took place in the evening, followed by an amazing evening of entertainment on the Fairway Ford Mainstage starting with Shane Yellowbird and guests Quinton Blair and Luke Reimer.

Agriculture related activities also took place all day along with the Prudential Family Funzone including bouncers, petting zoo, carnival games, and more.

The highlight of the weekend was celebrating the completion of the new rodeo arena constructed on the grounds thanks to funding from events, fundraising and government organizations. The arena was broken in over the lively weekend when three fast paced rodeo performances drew crowds to the site when the MRCA/CCA Rodeo took place Friday and Saturday and the Manitoba Ranch Rodeo on Sunday.



Photos by Marianne Curtis


Jacey Toews enjoyed getting her face painted by DeeDee the Clown at the Hanover Ag Fair.


For kids wanting to beat the heat the duck races in the Prudential Family Funzone was a great place to get wet.



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