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February 12, 2014

MANITOBA HERITAGE ON DISPLAY AT TRAPPERS FESTIVAL FEB. 12 TO 16


Northern Manitoba Celebrating History, Long Proud Heritage: Minister Lemieux

Manitobans are encouraged to come out and celebrate the 67th annual  Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival in The Pas, Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.

“Northern Manitobans have many unique traditions and we look forward to this celebration of northern pride,” said Minister Lemieux.  “It’s a great chance to experience the great outdoors and embrace the hospitality of the north.”

The festival runs from today until Sunday and is  supported  by the province through the Community Festivals and Events Program, which will help organizers showcase events that feature many long‑standing trapping traditions.  There is something for everyone, said the minister, including an arts and crafts display, dog races, arm wrestling and a number of family friendly events such as a pancake breakfast, scavenger hunt and a street party.  

The Community Festivals and Events Program provides support to community festivals that are signature annual events in their communities.  The minister said the program has been well received since it was introduced in 2003.

Other winter festivals the provincial government supports include the Canadian Power Toboggan Championships in Beausejour, Blizzard Fest in Carman, Cormorant Aboriginal Days, the Lundar Winter Carnival, Churchill Aurora Winterfest, Grand Marais Winter Family Festival and the Lieutenant Governors’ Winter Festival in Brandon.

Applications for 2014 northern and rural Manitoba summer festivals are being accepted under the Community Festivals and Events Program until April 1.  For further information, contact the Recreation and Regional Services Branch at www.gov.mb.ca/cyo/recreation/contacts.html or call 204-945-3766.

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