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Lieutenant Governor's Winter Festival 2013

Lieutenant Governor's Winter Festival 2013

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A Brandon Sun special supplement, celebrating the 10th anniversary Lieutenant Governor's Winter Festival in Brandon, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2013.
A Brandon Sun special supplement, celebrating the 10th anniversary Lieutenant Governor's Winter Festival in Brandon, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2013.

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SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
 
 
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10th ANNUALLIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S
 
On behalf of the City of Brandon, it is my pleasure to extenda warm welcome to everyone attending the 10th Annual Lieu-tenant Governor’s Winter Festival. It is a rich and vibrant cele-bration of Brandon’s cultural diversity.On January 31, February 1 and 2, 2013, Brandon will betransformed into one of the biggest stages on the prairies,drawing performers and visitors from far and wide. Last year,there were more than 60,000 pavilion visits, and the WinterFestival continues to grow!The Festival remains squarely a ‘grassroots’ event, drivenby the enthusiastic support it receives from Brandon’s multi-cultural communities. The Winter Festival is the result of countless hours of hard work and the commitment of over 600 volunteers. I would like to extend my thanks to those volun-teers, City staff, individuals, and groups who have worked sohard to bring us thirteen outstanding pavilions.My sincere thanks is extended to all these people and tothe festival sponsors who support the Lieutenant Governor’sWinter Festival in staging this marvelous celebration of inclu-siveness, unity, harmony and goodwill.
Mayor Shari Decter Hirst 
 As The Queen’s representative in Manitoba, andhonorary patron, I am pleased to welcome every-one to the 10th annual Lieutenant-Governor’sWinter Festival.For 10 years, Brandon has celebrated multi-culturalism within its vibrant community with theannual winter festival. Although winters in Mani-toba can be challenging, this festival provides warmth and passion through the gifts of food,music and dance. This year proves no different with an impressive selection of pavilions showcas-ing many ethnic backgrounds.With over 600 volunteers participating andthousands of people planning to attend, Brandon’s winter festival has grown into a wonderful event where family and friends come together and enjoy a Manitoba winter weekend.I commend the organizers, sponsors and vol-unteers of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Winter Festi- val on a decade of success. Best wishes foranother enjoyable, memorable festival.
The Honourable Philip S. Lee, C.M., O.M.Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Greetings from theLieutenant-Governor
THE BRANDON SUN
10
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ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
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Brandonites crowd into the Global Village site at a previous Lieutenant-Governor's Winter Festival in The Town Centre.
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
THE BRANDON SUN
10
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ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL
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BY GRAEME BRUCE
The world is coming to Brandon on Jan. 31 whenLieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival kicks off,marking its 10th year.The three-day mid-winter celebration will feature13 pavilions across the city — each with its owncultural flavours, sights, and sounds.In past, the winter festival has recognized onehost pavilion, but this year, the festivities will begin with a nod to those pavilions which have partici-pated every year since the festival’s beginnings —The Irish, Metis, First Nations, and Ukrainian.The ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. in the mainfoyer at Brandon Ciy Hall.Esther Bryan, past chair of the festival, attrib-utes the growth in the city’s industry — which in-cludes aggressive hiring of foreign workers by Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. — to the growth in the festi- val.“It has become very diverse,” she said. “Tenyears ago our city did have a diverse population,but as our industries have grown here, so has thediversity of people, and that is reflected in our fes-tival.”In the last five years, the pork packing plant hasattracted an enormous number of workers interna-tionally, which includes company's most recent ef-fort to bring in 200 workers from El Salvador andHonduras in the summer of 2012.Bryan expects this year’s events to surpass lastyear’s visitor count of more than 60,000, and hote-liers in the city have seen an increase conferencesheld on the weekend in an attempt to schedulestays with the festival.“Conferences and conventions will deliberately book during our time, so that in the evening theirparticipants can go and take part (in the festival),”Bryan said. Although there is a clear economic spinoff fromthe festival, Bryan said festival officials don’t keeptrack.“It has become significant enough that it is im-pacting our hospitality industry, but we don’t trackthat.”
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13 fun filled pavilions to enjoy 

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