COVID – 19 – March 13th, 2020

Given the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the WHOs March 11 proclamation of the virus as a pandemic, The Portage Industrial Exhibition Association would like our members and the public to be aware that we are monitoring the situation closely.

Please watch for updates and changes to the following that may be required as information evolves.

Upcoming rentals of The MNP Exhibition building and the Boardroom in the Administration building are currently being honoured.

For upcoming events that are going ahead, we ask that you self monitor for any guests who have traveled within two weeks of your event or who have been exposed and request that they do not attend.

If you or your organization would like to postpone your event to a later date, please contact Heather at the Portage Ex office at 204-857-3231 or email at We will do all we can to work with you in booking an alternative date for your event.

Although the Portage Ex office may be closed, Heather will be monitoring for phone messages and emails throughout the weekend as the situation evolves.

We would like to share with you the following links to information regarding the outbreak that has been provided by to us by MAAS (Manitoba Association of Agricultural Societies), CAFÉ (Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions) and The Portage Chamber of Commerce.


Health Canada  World Health Organization (WHO)

Manitoba Health



Come down on Sunday, July 7, 2019, with your kids and let them be a little cowboy!  This year, we are having Mutton Busting (Sheep Riding) for ages 4 to 7 on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Cattle Ring.  Bring a helmet and your waiver (will also have waivers here) and let them see how long they can stay on a sheep.

Mutton Busting Waiver Form

Kendra Kay – Saturday, July 6, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.


Few artists capture the spirit of country music like award winning singer/songwriter Kendra Kay. Raised in small town Manitoba and true to her roots, her songs are inspired by traditional country music. As the 2018 Manitoba Country Music Association Fan’s Choice Award winner and the 2019 Canadian Independent Music Video of the Year Award winner for ‘Best Country Video’, she’s known for her ‘powerhouse vocals’ and has firmly established herself as an artist to watch. Her recent two singles ‘Buy You A Drink’ and ‘Fuel On The Fire’ easily crossed into the Top 100 Canada Country National Airplay and spent 17 weeks on the charts. She has been called a ‘rising country star’, earned the Manitoba Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year award (2015) and her sophomore EP ‘More To Me’ was co-produced by country star Terri Clark, with additional production credits going to CCMA Producer of the Year winner Murray Pulver, Juno Award winner Jeff Jones and Bart McKay. The star studded effort includes songs co-written by artists such as Jessica Mitchell, Meghan Patrick and Patricia Conroy, while featuring 3 x Juno nominee Don Amero.

Armed with her high energy 5-piece band, she has played shows across Canada including the CFL Banjo Bowl Halftime Show to over 33,000 screaming fans, joined Tim Hicks on his ‘Get Loud’ Tour and performed with country icon Patricia Conroy. She has also played festivals including Canadian Music Week, Canadian Country Music Week, Boots & Hearts pre-party, Dauphin CountryFest, Roger’s Hometown Hockey Festival and headlined the Manitoba Stampede. Along with this, she has opened for artists such as Jess Moskaluke, Doc Walker, Drake White, Alee, Blackjack Billy and Aaron Prichett, among others. During this time, her profile increased as she was interviewed by national media such as Sirius XM, Global TV, CBC and was featured in Top Country News, along with many other digital, radio and broadcast platforms. With over 330,000 streams on Spotify and more announcements on the way, Kendra Kay is quickly becoming Canada’s country girl.

Our 2019 Domestics classes are now available online

With classes in Home Living, Baking & Canning, Needlework, Arts & Crafts, and Horticulture, there is something for everybody.  Your kids may love to enter their latest Lego creation, your teenagers with an eye to photography have a category, quilters, canners, we have something for the whole family.  Download or print our Domestics pages today, find what you love and get creative!


2019 Fair Book – Domestic