Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 30, 2010 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports New Ross Regional Development Society

NEW ROSS, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore–St. Margaret's), today announced funding for the New Ross Regional Development Society.

This funding will enable this local economic development group to present the 17th annual New Ross Christmas Festival from December 3 to 5, 2010. This event celebrates the area's most popular export—the Christmas tree.

"Our Government is pleased to support the important work of the New Ross Regional Development Society," said Minister Moore. "This festival is a lot of fun for people of all ages, and it also makes a valuable contribution to the local economy. The New Ross Christmas Festival brings people together at a festive time of year to enjoy local performers and appreciate the work of local artisans."

"The New Ross Christmas Festival has become an annual event that families don't want to miss," said Mr. Keddy. "At first snowfall, this area of Nova Scotia will bustle with activity as local Christmas tree producers get their shipments ready for destinations near and far. And we here in Christmas tree country want to extend a very merry Christmas from our families to yours."

"Receiving funds from the Department of Canadian Heritage for the New Ross Christmas Festival has been the biggest boon to the volunteer sector here, which is working to enrich our festival," said Sarah Gates, Festival Coordinator. "We can broaden the scope of entertainment, offer workshops and demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts, and feature the works of local artists and performers. These are all areas we aim to reach with this family-focused Christmas event."

The New Ross Regional Development Society is a volunteer non-profit organization started in 1993 to promote the area's main industry of growing and exporting Christmas trees. The society's foremost activity, the New Ross Christmas Festival, brings residents and visitors together to promote rural life, celebrate a country Christmas in the old-fashioned way, and pick out their very own "New Ross" Christmas tree to take home.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $4,700 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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    1-866-569-6155
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