Join us for a journey down memory lane as we explore the history of our festival through photos and newspaper clippings.

1949

 

It appears as though the first festival was planned to be held in September, not the middle of May, as we are all familiar.

1950’s

 

In 1950, the 1st year of the festival, cash prizes are awarded and it is already seen as an international event
For those who remember being greeted by the “crushed can” as they entered Moose Jaw, the festival in ’59 was one of the first events held in that venue

1960’s

Bobby Gimby, composer of Canada's Centennial song, "CA-NA-DA", has probably been the festival's most notable guest.

 

 

Times have certainly changed! 
Baton twirling was a big event, including judged competitions, in 1967.

1970’s

Frank Connell leading the Moose Jaw Lions  “A” Band down the Golden Mile in 1972.

1980’s

1990’s

1995 marked a big change in our festival. The Kinsmen Club was dwindling in size and, provincially, they were focusing their energies on TeleMiracle. The decision was made by the club to either end the festival that year, or pass on the responsibility to another service group or group of interested citizens. It was picked up by a group of concerned citizens and participants felt no more than a blip on the radar.
Editorial from the Moose Jaw Times Herald in 1994. The demise of the festival? Not by a long shot.
Even without the Kinsmen Club, the festival continued. In 1995. For the first time, there was no parade. In its place, bands set up on Main St. intersections and the audience traveled from group to group still enjoying wonderful music.

 

 

 2000’s