What do you get when you combine 320 students who like Canadian history, 90 judges, a dozen workshop presenters, 25 student volunteers from two different schools, four photographers and 24 organizers?
The answer is 500-plus people coming together to form the Red River Heritage Fair.
The Red River Heritage Fair is a full-day celebration of the events and people who have shaped Canadian society told by students. The fair was held at the Duckworth Centre at the University of Winnipeg on May 3.
In addition to being able to tell the judges about the Canadian heritage themed-stories behind their projects, the 320 students at the fair spent the rest of the day attending heritage-related workshops on the history of the RCMP, Métis sash weaving, the Canadian contribution to the Second World War, aboriginal symbols and culture, as well as many other topics. The workshops were primarily hands-on and interactive. It was a way to put bits of Canada’s past right into the hands of students in the present to remember for the future.
While all of the projects at a fair like this are superbly done, a handful raised the bar to new heights. WinnipegREALTORS® and the Citizens Hall of Fame were pleased to recognize several of these. One award celebrated projects that focused on the contributions of outstanding Winnipeggers. As well, the Top-3 projects at the fair were recognized by the Citizens Hall of Fame with Kobo Touch e-readers presented to the winning students.
All the award recipients will also be recognized by Manitoba Lieutenant-Governor Philip S. Lee during a reception at Government House next month.
Now in its 19th year, the Red River Heritage Fair is a fantastic way to enjoy all that makes Canada great. If you, your school, or your organization would like to know more about the annual fair, visit the website www.redriverheritage.ca