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C M Y K Classic rockers Trooper are headliners at this year's festival. Photo Supplied INSIDE ANIMAL FIRM CANVASBACK /7 CALDER HOUSE /2&3 SOUL FOOD Page 1 Country Town & MANITOBA Editor: Pat St. Germain Saturday, June 21, 2014 FALCON BEACH RANCH /5 RUSTIC RELAXATION Ratessubjecttochange. S S C G P R R I A F T • • P S RR C I G A S F T • • A P R R $5,000 CONTEST COMPARETOWIN UP TO 3.00 % 60������ 2.40 % 24������ beach party Summer Winds festival raises funds and fun E ight years ago, the Summer Winds Family Music Festival was launched for this very purpose. "It is a big undertaking for a small com- munity," says event organizer Glenn Halgren. "The generousity of people is unbelievable. We have over 125 volunteers come out." It's no small job to bring together 3,000 ticket holders, 11 acts, and several activities and vend- ors for the two-day event, which features classic rockers Trooper this year. But the efforts have been well rewarded. Past festivals have already raised about $200,000 for the new Victoria Beach Community Centre, and have inspired returning visitors to plan their summer holidays around the event long before tickets are released. Located outdoors at the Victoria Beach Sports Field on Hwy 59, the 2014 Summer Winds Family Music Festival will take place July 18-19. Festival committee communications and marketing coordin- ator Sandy Gousseau says this year's event prom- ises more fun and entertainment than ever before. "We have a great lineup, with Trooper and the 10 other acts," she says. "There are also kids' activ- ities — crafts and games — going on Saturday be- fore the music starts, and lots of great vendors." Plenty of food and refreshment choices are avail- able on site, but Gousseau says families are wel- come to bring their own food as well. Despite the abundant attractions and fundrais- ing goals, the festival is affordable by design, to en- courage families and larger groups to come with- out worries of breaking the bank. "This is the first year we are selling tickets online (, and we really en- courage people to get them early, so they can take advantage of the best pricing," Gousseau says. Tickets are also available at businesses through- out the area. If purchased before July 7, tickets cost $40 each for the weekend and include one free child's admission. After July 7, the price goes up to $50. The all-volunteer organizing committee has set a goal to raise $100,000 this year. Proceeds from the festival are solely dedicated to construction of the new community centre, which will bring many different sports and events back to Victoria Beach — activities that used to take place at the old Sports Club. "The curling rink is the big focus, and we will definitely be curling this winter," Halgren says, not- ing the popular sport has been absent for the last few years. "Victoria Beach is very busy in the summer, but in the winter, work slows down and we all have more time to get together, meet new people and socialize." Aside from the curling rink, the community cen- tre's features will include a ball park, ice skating, a skate pad and a hall with a large kitchen. It will also be home to the local post office and if all goes well, it may one day house a coffee shop. The community centre is now nearing comple- tion, with an anticipated grand opening slated for later this summer. An open house held during the Summer Winds Family Music Festival will give community members and visitors alike a chance to preview the results of their contributions and hard work. ❙ Victoria Beach has a heart for community. So when the Victoria Beach Sports Club was nearing the end of its days, folks in the area thought it was time to get to work and raise the money for a new, modern facility to replace the fifty-something original. SEE PAGE 3 FOR SUMMER WINDS FESTIVAL EVENTS LISTING. The entire festival is run by more than 150 dedicated volunteers. Photo by Melissa Orvis By Carolyn Kosheluk For the Free Press

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