August is just around the corner and in Selkirk that can mean just one thing – the D.O.G Days of Summer are back.
Every Wednesday in August the City of Selkirk along with the Selkirk Record present D.O.G Days of Summer at The Waterfront, sponsored by Sunova. And this year the lunchtime event is being joined by the New Selkirk Waterfront Farmer’s Market.
Vanessa Figus, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the City of Selkirk, said they have an exciting line-up of local musicians scheduled to perform during the events, which run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Tom Pachal will entertain on the Selkirk show “Biz” stage on Aug. 3 and Orvis Raleigh follows up on Aug. 10. Performers for Aug. 17, 24 and 31 will be announced on the events page.
“The purpose of D.O.G Days is to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the summer,” Figus said.
“People can bring a lunch, or visit a food vendor, and really just enjoy our beautiful Waterfront.”
New Selkirk Waterfront Farmer’s Market
She’s excited to welcome Joy Sul, who runs the award-winning Skinner’s Lock’s Market, which is in its sixth year in Lockport, to run the New Selkirk Waterfront Farmer’s Market. The Lockport market features an average of 35 vendors each Sunday and attracts as many as 1,000 people.
“This year we’ve partnered with Joy who’s run a successful market in Lockport for so many years. The city is thrilled to have a farmer’s market return to the Selkirk Waterfront and also happy it will be part of the D.O.G Day of Summer,” Figus said.
Sul is excited to be able to offer a Wednesday market for Selkirk citizens. She said bringing Red River North communities together is important, and she’s confident Selkirk will enjoy the New Selkirk Waterfront Farmer’s Market.
“This is so exciting. At this point so far there are 20 vendors, minimum, who are participating, from the Lockport market,” Sul said.
“They’re very excited, I know Selkirk is in need of this. It’s great to be with the D.O.G Days of Summer and it’s just wonderful to see how the two communities can get together and make something bigger happen. That’s what I’m excited about and I know a lot of residents, they’re already waiting for Aug. 3 so I think it’s going to be fantastic.”
The New Selkirk Waterfront Farmer’s Market will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The D.O.G Days of Summer and the New Selkirk Waterfront Farmer’s Market align with the city’s strategic plan that makes providing a vibrant, safe and healthy community a priority, as well as capitalizing on Selkirk’s tourism potential and revitalizing Selkirk’s image.
Gallagher, Sunova’s Loveable D.O.G
The D.O.G Days of Summer, sponsored by Sunova, will feature Gallagher, their large and loveable St. Bernard Director of Greetings (D.O.G), who’ll welcome everyone to The Waterfront. Gallagher has a jam-packed schedule, so on days when he can’t make it to the D.O.G Days, adoptable dogs from Manitoba Underdogs will fill in for him.
Figus said everyone is encouraged to bring their own dogs out for D.O.G Days, and the city will have water bowls at The Waterfront to make sure our four-legged friends stay cool.
The City of Selkirk’s hydration station will be on hand to keep everyone else cool as well, so bring your refillable bottle and fill up for free.
Prizes and More
Sunova and the Record are also building doghouses to raffle off as a fundraiser for the Selkirk and District Community Foundation. Raffle tickets will be available at D.O.G Days and on the final Wednesday in August, a draw will be made and some lucky dog will win a new house.
Figus also encourages everyone to bring a business card for a weekly draw for a $50 gift certificate to a local business. One winner will be drawn each week, and on the final Wednesday, all cards from all five weeks will go into a grand prize, 10 GAME TICKETS TO THE OCTOBER 8TH BLUE BOMBER GAME VS. B.C. LIONS, INCLUDING A SIDELINE EXPERIENCE. Businesses are encouraged to bring as many employees as possible out to D.O.G Days, because the business with the most cards in the draw will be recognized.
If you don’t have a business card, you can still enter by writing your name and phone number on a piece of paper and entering that way.