Harper Government Invests in Manitoba Summer Fair

BRANDON, MB, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Manitobans and tourists from outside the province will be flocking to this year's Manitoba Summer Fair, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament (Brandon-Souris), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

In June 2012, the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba will present the 131st edition of the Manitoba Summer Fair on the grounds of the Keystone Centre in Brandon. The five-day event includes music performances by local artists, and demonstrations by local painters and woodworkers.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important events like the Manitoba Summer Fair," said Minister Moore. "By supporting this fair, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."

"Our Government recognizes the importance of supporting community events," said Mr. Tweed. "For more than 130 years, the Manitoba Summer Fair has brought residents together and has helped build a stronger community."

"Our Summer Fair has been a part of Brandon's tradition and cultural history for over a century," said Karen Oliver, General Manager of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba. "This grant will help ensure that up-and-coming local artists have opportunities to perform for audiences, and to demonstrate the wealth of talent we have right here in Brandon."

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba is an organization that hosts three major events annually: the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, the Manitoba Summer Fair, and the Manitoba Livestock Expo.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $11,600 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.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only):

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages
819-997-7788

Francine D. Lefebvre
Director
Regional Communications
Prairies and Northern Region
Canadian Heritage
Tel.: 204-983-4367
Cell: 204-899-8611
francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
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media@pch.gc.ca

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


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