McGuinty Government Gives Boost To Fergus Scottish Festival And Highland Games

    Funding Helps Expand Programming And Attract More Visitors

    FERGUS, ON, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing more
than $120,000 to draw more people to kick up their heels at the newly expanded
Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games, Tourism Minister Jim Bradley
announced today. "The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games has been
celebrating the area's rich cultural heritage for more than 60 years, drawing
tourists from across Canada, the United States and Scotland," said Bradley.
"The Ontario government is pleased to help this great festival add new
features and attract new visitors."
    The festival received $113,750 from the government to include additional
features in this year's event, including a special tribute concert honouring
the late Canadian singer and "godfather of Celtic music" John Allan Cameron.
The government provided an additional $10,000 to help market the event in
Ontario and the United States.
    The festival runs until August 12 and features traditional Scottish
athletic games, Highland Dance competitions, children's activities, as well as
performances by Canadian and Scottish musicians.
    "Thanks to the support provided by the Ontario government, we were able
to develop and market a bigger and better festival for our visitors," said
festival president Craig MacGregor.
    The Fergus festival is one of 57 events receiving funds from the McGuinty
government's Celebrate Ontario program, launched earlier this year to help
expand and enhance festivals and events across the province.
    "Festivals and events provide fun for visitors and residents, boosting
tourism and bringing economic benefits to communities all across the
province," Bradley said.
    "Ontario has a strong Scottish community that takes pride in its history,
culture and traditions," said Minister of Culture Caroline Di Cocco. "The
Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games does a wonderful job of
celebrating those traditions and sharing them with everyone."

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For further information:

For further information: David Oved, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400;
Guy Lepage, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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