Lower Fort Garry hosting Harvest Fest

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Lower Fort Garry National Historic site is hosting HarvestFest on Aug. 17 from noon until 8 p.m.

According to Friends of Lower Fort Garry president Carolyn Weiss, the event will feature more than 85 vendors, historic demonstrations, and interpretive programs on the grounds all for free.

Weiss said that inside the historic fort, HarvestFest will provide visitors with the opportunity to watch and participate in a variety of workshops, supplementary historic activities, and learn how early settlers and local Cree and Ojibway people prepared for winter in the 19th century.

“On the picnic grounds near the visitors’ centre, the Manitoba Makers Market will offer kiosks for makers, creators, tinkerers, and farmers, showcasing made by hand, original works. In addition, there will be a wide variety of food trucks on the site to provide a diverse selection of fare for everyone,” Weiss said.

As the sun sets, the celebration continues as Lower Fort Garry will showcase Glitter by the River. The event, which runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. raises funds for a scholarship in memory of Andrew Henderson.

Weiss noted that it’ll be a party like no other on the historic grounds, benefiting the Andrew Henderson Memorial Scholarship.

Glitter by the River is only $10 per person.

A limited number of tickets are available through www.folfg.com, where donations are also welcome. All proceeds will go towards the scholarship fund and investment. Tax receipts available for certain donation levels.

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