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Trout Festival to return this summer, will include familiar faves and possible refresh

The triumphant return of the Flin Flon Trout Festival will be coming this June - though exactly what it will look like is still being figured out.
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An image of kids on an amusement ride at the 2019 Trout Festival.

The triumphant return of the Flin Flon Trout Festival will be coming this June - though exactly what it will look like is still being figured out.

According to current plans on the festival website, this year’s edition of the Trout Festival will take place from June 25 through to Canada Day, with events prepared to run throughout the week.

The Canada Day parade is expected to take place as normal, along with fireworks over Ross Lake at the stroke of midnight July 1. Ahead of the planned fireworks show is the Ross Lake Regatta, an event on Flin Flon’s central lake for boats, canoes and other watercraft. The regatta may include beer gardens and events for landlubbers, but those plans have not yet been announced.

The Trout Festival Fishing Derby will take place throughout the month of June, wrapping up June 30, with fish caught in lakes between the 53rd and 55th parallels in Manitoba or Saskatchewan eligible to be entered.

Another Trout Festival tradition, the Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast, will take place twice during the festival - one date is currently unknown, while the other date will be on Canada Day morning, the typical date for the event.

Creighton will host Canada Day festivities this summer, including a midway and fairgroudn with Saturn Amusements. Instead of taking place on Main Street as is typical practice, the fairground may be set up in Creighton this year instead of in Flin Flon.

During the week, buskers and performers are expected to perform on Main Street, with June 28 circled on the calendar for when most of the performers will take part.

Other events have been considered, but are not yet confirmed - a disc golf tournament on the course in Creekside Park, for example, along with several events associated with the festival’s Main Street Days, like the show-and-shine car show, the Beat the Chief event with the Flin Flon Fire Department. No firm date has yet been set for the fish fry social either, which is held every summer in the Whitney Forum but which hasn’t taken place for the past two years.

Organizers are also hoping to possibly hold events for seniors, to restore the Trout Festival Open golf tournament at the Phantom Lake Golf Course and to hold a casino night, a craft show and farmers’ market, the annual canoe races and possibly a pool tournament, but once more, plans are not yet confirmed.

One more firmed-up event on the card is Food Truck Wars, which organizers believe will bring between 10-15 food trucks and vendors to the Creighton Sportex area from June 30 to July 2, at the same time as the planned fairground and for Canada Day celebrations. More details about exactly which trucks and vendors will appear in the area haven’t yet been confirmed.

The next meeting for the board of this year’s Trout Festival is scheduled for April 25, to be held at the board room at Flin Flon City Hall starting at 11 a.m. according to the event’s website.

More information can be found at flinflontroutfestival.com or by emailing ffteddytrout@gmail.com.