Wild West Daze, part and parcel of the rodeo weekend, with the Indoor Rodeo action turns Virden into a destination over the four days.
“Downtown Daze 2015 was a success,” says Amanda Isaac, manager for Virden Community Chamber of Commerce.
The Corex Resources barbecue lunch in Victoria Park had attendance levels close to 900, making it the largest yet.
The hardworking volunteers, terrific vendors and, of course, generous sponsors, made a great downtown event, despite intense heat. A large crowd turned out to have fun on Seventh Avenue on Thursday, August 13.
Isaac says, “We brought back some favourites, such as the Human Chuckwagon Races, inflatable bouncers, sidewalk sales, and food vendors, which were all a hit. We also incorporated some new attractions, such as the MPI Kids’ Mini Car Town, which seemed to be very popular with the kids.
The winner of the 50/50 draw, Dale Hyrnko, took home $730!
Isaac says, “We have been collecting feedback from this year's event and already have plans underway to make next year bigger and better than ever!” She welcomes others to become involved for next year. Contact Amanda at 204-851-1551 or email@example.com.
The Virden Lions Club flipped pancakes bright and early Saturday morning. By 10:00 a.m., with Seventh Avenue and other streets on the parade route lined with spectators, the parade got underway. Children tucked away the treats thrown from the floats in the hour-long parade. Herb Warkentin, parade organizer, said several entries bailed out, but overall, a few showers throughout the morning didn’t stop the Daze parade.
“I called it off once, and never again,” stated Warkentin resolutely. “I’m so happy there are so many people who enjoy being part of it.”
High School Rodeo ran Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m., and also in the arena, the Draft Horse Futurity show ran Saturday and Sunday.
Three-D barrel racing took place outdoors. There were a number of local racers. On a hot day, Kylie Gompf and ‘Jet’ finished with a great time of 15.2.
Some intense action took place on the outskirts of Virden at the Demolition Derby pit. The Demolition Derby is the last big event before the Sunday rodeo final rounds in the Tundra Oil & Gas Place arena.
Everett More, VIR & WWD president, is waiting for a call. Some lucky winner is ignorant of the fact that over $900 is waiting for them. Sunday’s 50/50 draw at the rodeo arena was not claimed - ticket 19463 is unclaimed so far.