Rendezvous in Stanley Park 0
By Lorne Stelmach
The Pembina Fur Trade Council is prepared for their annual get together in Stanley Park.
The third weekend of July annually features the Pembina Valley Rendezvous and Trade Fair that incorporates historical fun with live music and great food.
But just don't think that all of the events, activities and demonstrations July 20 to 22 are celebrating a thing of the past, says organizer Ike Klassen.
In fact, he suggests a lot of people have gained new interest in the fur trade and the culture surrounding it.
"It's actually growing right now. The fur prices are well up from previous years," says Klassen.
"It's a multi-million dollar business in Manitoba. The north country has a lot more than here but there is still some going on down here," he continues. "The fur trade industry is something that's been around a long time."
From craft tents to children's activities and skinning demonstrations, the Rendezvous covers all aspects of the fur trade way of life with a couple new twists in the program.
This year, there will be a full Sunday service with Pastor Weldon Yeo from the Christian Life Centre.
Among the highlights to enjoy are the Friday night hog roast and Saturday night fish fry.
Throughout the weekend, there will be a canteen offering pancake breakfasts and hotdog or hamburger lunches.
Some of the activities include skinning demonstrations, flint knapping, black powder shooting event, taxidermy displays, ladies fry pan toss, craft tents and tomahawk throwing competitions.
There will be events for the kids as well such as water balloon games and a treasure hunt.
The live music will include the North Border Band Friday evening and Frankie and the Pool Boys with their Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute show Saturday night.
If music or loud noise doesn't strike your fancy, the trade fair tent will be up to showcase a variety of different crafts for display and sale - from guns and fishing equipment to antiques and artwork.
In the end, Klassen suggests what really draws the crowd back to Stanley Park every year for these events is something quite simple.
"It's very unique. I think it's the only festival of its kind in Manitoba."