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August 22, 2013
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Governments invest in new tent for festivals and events
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development
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“Our Government is pleased to support this expansion which will benefit not only event organizers, but Islanders and visitors alike,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). “This new tent is an excellent resource for the community and will facilitate events in PEI which drive the local economy.”
“The Government of Prince Edward Island was pleased to invest in this large tent for Old Home Week and the International Shellfish Festival,” said Minister MacKinley. “We strongly support the work of these organizations that put on events that showcase our high quality fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture products and attract thousands of visitors to the province.”
The province is investing $135,585 through the Island Community Fund. The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, is contributing $135,585 through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, and the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation is contributing $30,125 for a total investment of more than $301,000.
Old Home Week started as a two-day agriculture fair in 1888. The event has become a popular two-week long summer tradition and attracts thousands of visitors and participants. The Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival began in 1996 as a one-day event and has grown to a four-day event showcasing Island shellfish, and drawing international food writers, chefs and seafood buyers. Both events will see significant savings by having the tent structure at their disposal and provide an opportunity for increased programming for their events.