Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 03, 2009 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 3, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament (Brandon-Souris) today announced funding for the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. This funding will help support the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, an agricultural fair that will be held from March 30 to April 4, 2009.

"Our Government is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Moore. "Events like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to a stronger local economy."

"Every year, the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair attracts thousands of people, providing terrific local entertainment and fascinating historical displays," said Mr. Tweed. "I encourage everyone to celebrate our heritage and go to the fair."

"We are so appreciative of the support of the Government of Canada, which will make it possible for the 2009 Royal Manitoba Winter Fair to showcase local performers and the rich history and traditions of our community," said Karen Oliver, General Manager, Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. "With this support, we can ensure that our residents have an opportunity to be part of a world-class event."

The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is one of Western Canada's largest agricultural events and the largest annual event in Brandon. It is one of only two fairs in Canada to receive Royal patronage from Queen Elizabeth II. The festival will showcase 76 local artists while engaging about 200 volunteers.

Planned activities include a re-enactment by the Red Coats of the Northwest, a historical show entitled "One Hundred Years of Hats," and a musical performance by the Westman Pipes and Drums. The Fair will also feature an agricultural awareness area that consists of informational displays and photographs about historical agricultural practices used in the area.

Funding of $23,530 is provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre
    A/Director - Communications and Executive Services
    204-983-4367
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155