SAINT-GEORGES, QC, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Residents of Beauce will once again enjoy a wealth of programming at the 23rd Festival Beauceron de l'Érable, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) and Member of Parliament (Beauce), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
The spring gathering runs from March 21 to 25, 2012. The Festival is taking place thanks to the contribution of more than 300 volunteers and the participation of over 100 local craftspeople. Organizers expect to welcome more than 20,000 festival goers.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important events like the Festival Beauceron de l'Érable," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these celebrations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"I am pleased by the Government of Canada's support for the Festival Beauceron de l'Érable because it not only encourages the participation of Beauce residents in the event, but also contributes to the economic growth of our magnificent region," said Minister of State Bernier. "Thanks to the hard work of the festival team, visitors will be entertained and regaled with our great maple products, the hallmark of the Beauce region!"
"The Festival Beauceron de l'Érable is pleased to have the support of the Government of Canada for this event," said Marcel Paquet, Festival Coordinator. "Thanks to this funding, our organization will be able to pursue its goal of developing the festival's cultural side by showcasing local artists while encouraging everyone to participate."
The Festival Beauceron de l'Érable was created in 1990. Its main goal is to make the general public aware of the importance of the maple industry. The Festival Beauceron de l'Érable therefore promotes maple products to people from the region and beyond, as well as the event's artistic, cultural, and heritage aspects.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $46,100 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.
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