Thank-you to Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries

The Potato Fest Committee would like to give a big thank-you to Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries for sponsoring our volunteer coordination efforts. Without their generous donation, we would not have the support needed to bring together all the volunteers the festival needs, and we need a lot.

Aug 11, come see Hicktown

Friday night at the festival alongside Nelson Little, come down and enjoy the music of Hicktown.

Hicktown was formed in January 2013 and has gained great popularity due to their talented act.  Singers Brent Earle and Janice Beernaerts are two former Bud Country Talent Search finalists from back in the early nineties.  Janice received 2nd place in Canada and Brent made the top 10 (Brent had only been singing for 2 years prior).  Sylvie Dion, a student prodigy of Mark Morriseau, shows her fiddle talents as well as her singing talents winning a Country Idol singing contest in 2012 in Winnipeg.  The rest of the band backs them up as the group plays top 40 country hits for a dancing crowd. Hicktown has played at Houston’s, The 40, South Beach Casino, Thresherman’s Reunion, Rockfest and many rural venues.   A full sounding six piece country band is what you get with drums, piano, bass, fiddle, guitars vocal harmonies.

We’re having a dodgeball tournament next month

Join us May 27th for a super fun day of Dodgeball. There will be beer gardens and music. Best team costume prizes! Who doesn’t love the 80’s? Plappy does. Registration deadline May 15th! Click here for registration form.


Make a team and join the Portage la Prairie Fire Department Truck Pull. Challenge your friends. Challenge your foes. Challenge EVERYONE!!



Opening for George Canyon – Loose Unit!!

Opening for George Canyon this year at the Potato Festival is Loose Unit.

Loose Unit is a musical group based out of Portage la Prairie that formed back in 2012. They pride themselves on making live music fun again with a wide variety of popular songs.

‘The Unit’ is well known for involving special guest musicians into many of their performances. You’ll see these guys playing everywhere. They love to entertain a crowd!


Friday Night at the Festival – Nelson Little

Nelson Little is a true story teller, and he proudly showcases that in his songwriting. Having been surrounded by acoustic guitars and songs most of his life, it is no surprise that you’ll hear honest, funny, sad and heartbreaking songs out of him that are easy to relate to.

Nelson released his first album, ‘The Little Things’ in September 2013. The first single for that release was “Whiskey Devil’, which reached #5 on the Aboriginal Music Countdown, followed by ‘I Won’t Fall Down’ at #2. The album was nominated for an Aboriginal People’s Choice Award for Best Country Album. Nelson also performed at same awards show, which was held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, and broadcast nationally on APTN.

Ronald McDonald is coming back!!

Ronald McDonald will once again be at the Portage la Prairie Potato Festival to dazzle and entertain kids of all ages with his magic show. Be sure to stop by and see him and all the other entertainment in August. Show times to be announced.

Calling All Vendors

We are now taking applications for Market and Food Vendors. Please visit our Vendors page to see our terms and conditions and fill out an application.


The Portage Potato Festival committee is very excited to announce our Headline act for Saturday, August 12th, George Canyon.

Canadian country music legend George Canyon is continually melding his love of family with his passion for music; his integrity and dedication to his family are reflected through the songs he writes and the stories he tells.  A multi-JUNO award winner and PLATINUM selling artist, Canyon’s latest album I Got This finds him back in the saddle; a culmination of two years of writing, and working with incredibly talented writers, producers and musicians. Showing no signs of slowing down, Canyon is hot off the heels of his near 40 date “Jekyll and Nothing To Hide” 2016 cross Canada tour.  “I wanted to create a record that was fun to play, and exciting for the fans to listen to.  It’s been a while since I’ve had an album of new original songs, and these songs put a smile on my face” says Canyon.


I Got This debuted as the #1 Canadian Country album at its time of release (Feb 5th, 2016), and held the top spot for 5 weeks. The first single, and title track went Top 10 in Canada at Country radio. His second single from the album, entitled “Daughters Of The Sun” also charted Top 10 at radio – another Summer smash for Canyon.


I Got This marks Canyon’s eleventh full-length release in a career that spans nearly two decades and includes the GOLD-certified albums “One Good Friend”, “Classics”, “Somebody Wrote Love” and the Richard Marx produced “Better Be Home Soon”. With 400,000 albums sold worldwide, multiple major acting roles on television, and the 2015 launch of his radio show “Down East Country with George Canyon”, the singer-songwriter has cemented his status as a bona fide multi-faceted artist and performer.


A Nova Scotia native, Canyon was recently inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame and has been widely decorated with a number of accolades including multiple CCMA and ECMA Awards in addition to his multiple JUNO Award wins. As the national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a vocal advocate and supporter of the Canadian Military, Canyon was also presented with the CCMA “Humanitarian of the Year” Award in recognition of his philanthropic endeavours with both organizations.