Sunday, July 1 is Canada Day. This public holiday marks our second festival of the summer. Traditionally this festival is liberally seasoned with multiculturalism. In addition to ethnic exhibits by some of the cultures which have arrived in Steinbach more recently, there will be a solid entertainment package under the tent. Well-known local entertainers include 3 Mol Plaut, Reimer 6 and Island Breeze. The Kids’ Tent will feature Mr. Ken and Mr. Ben, stories by Marlene Reimer and face-painting. Horse drawn wagon rides, pony rides and barrel train rides will again be available.

Mennonite Heritage Village is a museum that preserves and interprets stories of the first Mennonites to emigrate from Russia to Canada. These migrations began in 1874. Some of the heritage buildings in The Village were built shortly after 1874. Many of these buildings will have interpreters in them to provide information about where they came from, how they were used and what their significance was in that era.

This year being the two hundredth anniversary of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference (EMC), formerly known as the Kleine Gemeinde, and July 1 occurring on a Sunday, we asked the EMC to plan and deliver a historically significant worship service that morning. The service will begin at 10:30 AM and will be held in the Old Colony Church. We are grateful to Henry Fast for the work he has done in planning the service. Come and join us. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

About the Author

Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.