City council has voted in favour of giving a $100,000 grant to the Bear Creek Folk Festival.
The money is coming from the city’s Major Tourism Events Program.
Stompede will be getting $50,000 from this same fund.
The Festival’s Sarah Card says the money will be a big help.
“We appreciate the city’s support so much. It’s always difficult or challenging to get events of this scope off and running and to have the support of the city really means a lot to us.”
Councillor Kevin McLean tried to amend the amount going to Bear Creek to $75,000, but that idea was rejected by council. McLean voted against the $100,000. The rest of council, except for Councillor Clayton who was not there, voted in favour.
Card says it will be hard to say how the Festival is doing financially until this year’s version takes place.
“A lot is going on right now in terms of ticket sales. A lot of it happens in the last little while, so, right now, anything could happen.
She adds the event draws a lot of people from out of town.
“We’ve got roughly 50 per cent sales of the sales that we’ve seen and have been reported to me have come in from out-of-town and a lot of them well-outside the region, which is really exciting to us.”
This year’s Bear Creek Folk Festival goes August 18 through 20 in Muskoseepi Park.