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Champagne brunch introduces Fur Queen candidates


The annual Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival Fur Queen Champagne Brunch took place this past Sunday afternoon at the Wescana Inn Upper Banquet Room, giving the public a first look at this year’s Fur Queen candidates of which there are now eight of this year, up from last year’s count of four contestants.
This year’s Fur Queen Candidates are Miss Funky Threadz Jackie Peterson, Miss Little Dreamers Daycare Denessa Mallett, Miss Aseneskak Casino Vanessa Morach, Miss OCN Blizzard Gabby Umpherville, Miss Northland Ford Andrea Moerike, Miss Missinippi Airways Cherilyn Muilenburg, Miss Carley Bearing and Auto Breanna Stoltz and Miss Berna Dean Flowers & Gifts Courtney Sigurdson.
Showcasing various local fashions was the main event that day as the different candidates wore different styles of clothing throughout the event, local fashions such as those seen at Funky Threadz, OCN Sports Traders, B&C Power Products, and more.
First was the brunch and then the show started, with winter, formal, trappers, causal and active wears being modelled as well as entertainment provided from the Opaskwayak Indian Days Princesses jigging.
Overall it was a pretty good time and an introduction to the community of just one of many different Trappers’ Festival events to come over the next month.
“I think it went pretty well, the girls did an amazing job,” remarked Kilee Partridge, the 2017 reigning Fur Queen.
Two of the candidates preferred the formal wear portion the best.
“I like the formal wear because I got to wear my grad dress again,” said Miss Berna Dean Flowers & Gifts Courtney Sigurdson, with Miss Aseneskak Casino Vanessa Morach adding, “I liked the formal wear too. I feel like a princess bedazzled.”
Partridge meanwhile preferred going casual saying, “that sweater was really comfy.”
Many family members from each of the fur queen candidates also came out to help cheer on their loved one.
“I had all my family here, they were cheering me on. My little sister was the loudest,” said Sigurdson.
“I had some supporters too. I had my friends and my family show up, it was a really good feeling for them to be watching me, being proud of me,” Morach added.
The main point of the event was a fundraiser for the festival as well as to promote the festival; however it was also an opportunity for the candidates to have an enjoyable day out.
“It was fabulously awesome,” said Morach.
“I feel that it went really well, it was out of my comfort zone but I had fun,” Sigurdson said.
It was also nice for them to see that the audience enjoyed the show as well, that was Morach’s favorite part.
“Seeing everyone’s faces and how happy they looked, they enjoyed everything,” she said.
Sigurdson’s favorite part was seeing how all the girls looked in the different fashions, saying, “They were all so beautiful seeing them walk the stage.”
They all hope to see everyone during the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival which will be taking place in mid-February.
“I enjoy running for Fur Queen and it’s been a blast so far and I hope everybody enjoys their experience as well,” said Morach.
“I look forward to seeing everybody out in February and I hope everybody has a good time,” Sigurdson said, with Partridge adding, “Good luck to all the contestants.”
The slogan for this years’ Trappers’ Festival is Fur is the Theme in 2018 and during the Fur Queen Champagne Brunch there was plenty of fur to be seen. The festival itself will begin on February 14th and run until the 18th.

Trevor Wright