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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
September 9, 2013

ManyFest

Over this past weekend, 30,000 people walked, biked, ran and sometimes even danced down Broadway. And, no, they were not here for the Bill 18 committee hearings; they were here for the third annual ManyFest.

ManyFest is downtown Winnipeg's largest festival, converting the north half of Broadway from Osborne all the way down to Main Street into a giant three-day celebration. Organized by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and sponsored by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, ManyFest brought people of all ages and all backgrounds together.

Some of the activities this year included an outdoor movie, the 10 and 10 race in support of Winnipeg Harvest, the Big Dance and the Lights on Broadway parade. One of my favourite parts was the great Farmers' and Artisans' Market which sold both local foods and handmade goods. A brand new feature this year was the Food Truck Wars at which festival goers were able to try the culinary genius of local food-service entrepreneurs. They were also able to quench their thirst nearby at the Wine & Beer Festival in Memorial Park.

On Sunday, the featured event was Ciclovia, as thousands of people hopped on their bikes and rode down to Broadway for an eco-friendly celebration of healthy living. Throughout the day there was bicycle polo, basketball, boxing, free bike tune-ups, a soapbox derby and some incredible local music.

Mr. Deputy Speaker, at ManyFest, there truly is something for everyone. Organizers are always thinking of ways to make next year's event bigger and better. I'd like to thank ManyFest's numerous organizers, sponsors and volunteers, who have made the festival such a wonderful experience. Their dedication and hard work brings people together to see first-hand the incredible revitalization now well under way in Winnipeg's downtown. I'm sure I'm not the only participant who is already looking forward to next year.

Thank you very much, Mr. Deputy Speaker.