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.

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Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV. is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.