The Winkler Harvest Festival & Exhibition is August 13-15 this year. It has a classic car show, a parade, many different kinds of entertainment and music (one night is rock, one country, and one christian), a rodeo and horse shows, food vendors, fireworks, low german festival, a queen pagent, midway rides...and much more. The admission is free.
If you visit Winkler in early August it's the Harvest Festival time. During the week, lots of sales, activities at WInkler Parkland and the Arena, and pancake breakfasts by local businesses.
There is something like a pageant for young women, but it's a bit distinct from a traditional pageant although some of the candidate entertainment events are similar. This aspect of the Festival is usually a huge draw for people, like for the crowning on Saturday night, the crowd at the stage is HUGE.
Another draw of the Harvest Festival is music entertainers. Every year they are attempting to bring in really good entertainers, and often a variety... from country or gospel music to other genre that will appeal to a large crowd.
There's the typical midway and fair food vendors, the Saturday morning parade and evening firewords, often a tractor-pull or demo-derby type event, an agricultural show, an equestrian (horses) competition, lots of other fun events plus more, and on Sunday morning, a town church service at the main stage. It's very nice and very well done.
The Festival is really gaining a name year by year, shown by the increasing tally of people attending.
And given the time of August in which the Festival is run, there is often a large peachy harvest moon that rises up for the evening sky.
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Beware: this is Cruiserville especially in the spring and summer, and primarily on Main Street. Many young people and i guess some old ones too? seem to enjoy spending money on gas, and driving back and forth, back and forth, and back and forth, up and down 1-mile long Main Street on Saturdays and Sundays usually all afternoon and evening. Some people (or many?) are out to look for someone... out to be or meet with friends and talk from car window to car window on parking lots off Main.. or out to just be out and I guess spend their time and gas in that way.
Oh yeah, and sometimes there's one guy out there who's driving the "pace car". What a mission, eh!
So, if you need to cross Main like by the Inn and Dairy Queen or by the high school or some other junction, look out you might be waiting for a long long while. Turn right when you can, or take the long but evidently faster route around.
Or grab an ice cream at DQ and sit out and count how many times a particular car goes by. Ha ha. Some of the excitement of Winkler.
"Dude, dude, check-1 Dude"
For whatever need(s) you may have:
There is a shopping mall "Southland Mall", wherein there is a large IGA grocery store, and also movie theatres; Warehouse One; Reitman's; Mark's Work Wearhouse; "LA Gold" jewelry store; shoe store; computer/electronics store; Dollar Stores; Smitty's restaurant; Saan Store, Hallmark, Pharmasave (drug store), and more.
Adjacent to it is a large Canadian Tire store.
Just south down the road is a Royal Canadian Wholesale Club -- grocery/drug/photo developing/household/clothing good prices place.
Downtown: CO-OP grocery store, a drugstore, and other places including banks.
If you have the time, and if it interests you, take a drive heading south of Winkler and turn off along the highway for a drive through many of the rural farming villages that are there. There are some very huge farming operations out there. And also smaller operations too. In many villages you will see some houses still attached to a barn as they were in the olden days, but I guess, still are in the present day.
Some of the villages are: Schantzenfeld, Hochfeld, Reinland & Rosengart (these last ones are just steps away from the Canadian/US border. My relatives have a farm in Rosengart. ...and there are other villages too. Just follow the signs.
The Winkler Aquatic Centre has three waterslides and a large pool area. Nearby there is also a park, arena, many baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, the arena, and curling rink. The campground is right beside the aquatic centre and there are also many walking/biking trails in the area. Winkler also has an 18 hole golf course.
In spring and summer there is plenty of Baseball going on around town, especially at Winkler Parkland. Winkler Parkland is a huge outdoor baseball park with I think 6 or 8 diamonds. There is high school fastball teams, minor leagues, local fastball and slo-pitch teams that compete with teams from other towns and places. Plus plenty of tournaments on weekends throughout the season. It's a good, clean place and if there should be admission, it shouldn't be too much.
Equipment: Don't forget your baseball cap or sunhat & sunglasses (if it's hot), jacket & umbrella (if weather is iffy or breezy), water bottle, and SPITZ!! If you do forget your water or k'nak-zotes (what we call spitz in Winkler), don't worry there's a treat vendor there. Plus, of course bring your cheers for the teams.