Calling All Couch Potatoes

We need you to turn your inner couch potato into a volunteering potato. We still have plenty of volunteer spots available. Come out Friday Aug.11, Saturday Aug.12, or both days if you like. Listen to the great local bands while helping us make the best Potato Festival yet.

Please e-mail us at portagepotatofest@gmail.com for further details.

Ferny Turnbull

Come for Ferny Turnbull, stay for George Canyon.

Ferny Turnbull was formed by childhood friends Steve Campbell and Wayne Jones in Winnipeg Manitoba. Some of the bands influences include Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Dr. Hook, Marshal Tucker, Johnny Cash, Jimmi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. All of which are reflected in the music we play. Over the years the band has evolved into a dedicated group of players consisting of :

Singer/guitarist Steve Campbell
Drummer Wayne Jone
Lead Guitarist Cody Wells
Bassist Doug Braun

With well over 250 shows under our belts, Ferny Turnbull is proving to be a true working band. We refer to ourselves as a lets hit the road kind of band !!! Having played all over Canada we are eager to broaden our horizons !!!

Sharpe Sisters on Saturday

Saturday afternoon we start off the musical day with the wonderful Sharpe Sisters.

The Sharpe Sisters were born and raised south of Portage and have been surrounded by music their entire lives.  They come from a family of 10 musicians who all learned to sing and play by ear.  The songs they have written will take you for a walk through their memories of growing up on a farm with a loving close knit family.  Country music is their passion and is expressed through three part harmonies with acoustic guitars.

Their first CD “Lookin Back” was released last November and is a collection of their original songs and their favorite country tunes.   Their deepest appreciation goes out to the many people who come out to enjoy their music!

Vendor Spaces Available

We still have spaces for vendors in out tent. Come out, sell your wares, enjoy the music and atmosphere. With George Canyon, we are expecting our biggest turnout ever. Click here for terms and conditions and the application form.

Volunteers needed

We still need people for several areas of the Potato Festival and you can help. Take a look at the areas we need help with below and see if it’s something you might like to do. It’s easy and fun. Sign up with a friend or sign up by yourself and make some new friends. Have fun, help your community, and stay for the festivities after.

Volunteer positions available for:

Children’s Area

Parking Lot Attendants

Set Up and Take Down

Beer Gardens Area

If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please email us at portagepotatofest@gmail.com.

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!!



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.