Northern Donates a Boat Load to the St. Theresa Point Bannock Festival
With the sun shining bright, kids giggling up a storm because school is almost out and the grass a growin’, it looks like summertime has finally arrived in Manitoba.
In St. Theresa Point, Manitoba, summer kicks off with a big celebration at the 29th annual St. Theresa Point Bannock Festival as community members gear up for a host of fun-filled activities for the people of all ages.
This year the Northern St. Theresa Point stepped in to make the Bannock Festival one to remember by donating a brand new Lund Rebel SS boat complete with a 25 Horse Power E-Tec motor.
“Thanks to The North West Company who has been there for so many years and they have remained loyal,” says St. Theresa Point First Nation Executive Director Larry Flett.
The five day festival celebrates the start of summer and culture by holding boat races, competitions, fireworks and other fun summer activities. The festival wraps up on Canada Day.
Flett is ready to get this year’s festivities going and says the festival has come a long way since it began nearly 30 years ago.
“It was just a festival for people to come together from surrounding communities. In time, it grew out of what it was originally and now it has become big with races and competitions,” says Flett.
“One year we made a giant piece of bannock and we set a Guinness World Record. The piece of bannock was 4 ft. by 6 ft. That thing was huge,” says Flett.
Every year local companies get together and donate prizes to raffle off in a silent auction. Flett attributes much of the success of the festival towards to the companies and people who are generous enough to donate.
“The donations add a lot to our festival. The participation is much larger because of donations,” says Flett.
Flett goes on to say the larger donations – such as the one by Northern St. Theresa Point – creates a buzz about the festival, which draws in people from many of the surrounding communities and even people from southern Manitoba.
All the money raised during the raffle goes back into the Bannock Festival so it can remain as successful as it is for many summers to come.