Stonewall Quarry Days to celebrate 35th year

A ferris wheel lights up the night sky during Stonewall Quarry Days in Stonewall, Man. on Aug. 20, 2016. (File photo: Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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Stonewall Quarry Days will be celebrating its 35th year as the annual summer fair returns to the south Interlake town from Aug. 16 to 18.

As this yearly tradition continues, many sights and sounds will be coming back for another year, but Quarry Days committee member Sandra Smith wrote in an email to The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times that the event’s longevity has to do with its ability to change over the years.

“While the main idea of highlighting our community and providing a family weekend to our residents has remained the same, with the amazing support of our local corporate sponsors we have been able to continuously grow in size and bring higher end acts and attractions to our festival,” she wrote. “The community continues to embrace us, so our volunteer committee of 12 keeps planning every year.”

For the first time ever, there will be two nights of concerts at the free Entertainment Stage at the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex. On Aug. 16, rising Canadian country star Aaron Goodvin takes the stage with Stonewall’s own Past The Perimeter as special guests. The night after, former Canadian Idol contestant Jason Greeley will take the stage with special guests The Orchard. Both performances start at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a fireworks display.

“As this is our 35th anniversary, we decided to use our budget to provide two nights of main stage entertainment, as well as two nights of fantastic fireworks! Sometimes it’s good to give things a new look and we figured this would be the year to do it,” Smith added.

Also new to Quarry Days is Danica’s and Abby’s Village at Memorial Park across from École R.W. Bobby Bend on Aug. 17 and 18. Both days will be filled with family exercise, music, crafts and even reptiles to touch. Donations will also be accepted as Danica’s and Abby’s Village is looking to raise $20,000 to make more Rainbow Buddy benches.

For this year, Fines Field at Stonewall Quarry Park will host the 2019 Western Canadian Senior AA Baseball Championship featuring the host Stonewall Blue Jays.

There is much more to see at Quarry Days, including the parade starting at 11 a.m. on Aug. 17, the Wonder Shows midway, the South Interlake Regional Library’s Book Sale, the Show and Shine on Aug. 18 featuring more than 300 vehicles.

“And thousands of smiles. That’s what it’s all about. See you there!” Smith added.