Manitoba is known for its wide range of summer festivals, but an event happening near Birds Hill this weekend might be one of the most unusual yet.

The Prairie Pole Vault Festival is attracting athletes from across the prairies and beyond to a local coach’s 10-acre property – but it’s not a competition.

Local organizers told 680 CJOB’s Sports Show that it’s more of a casual way for the sport’s tiny community – and people who want to learn – to hang out and share all things vault-related.

“People are just going to show up, and it’s totally cool,” said Winnipeg vaulter Ryan MacDonald of the casual event.

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