The Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Festival this summer in Midland is getting a financial boost from the Government of Ontario.

The Town of Midland will be receiving a Celebrate Ontario Grant in the amount of $57,450 in support of the festival, announced Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop recently on behave of the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Tibollo.

The Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Festival will be held Aug. 9-11 in Midland.

“The funding is a wonderful gesture from the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport,” Midland Mayor Stewart Strathearn said. “Bringing top-notch festivals and events to the Town of Midland takes a lot of resources, and this funding will help ensure that our Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Festival will be a great success this summer.”

Three other Simcoe County communities also received a Celebrate Ontario Grant. Severn Township was presented with $8,222 in support of their Coldwater Steampunk Festival, while the Town of Wasaga Beach received $11,000 for their 2019 Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Festival. The City of Orillia received $100,000 for the Mariposa Folk Festival.

Celebrate Ontario was created to support programming improvements at new and existing festivals/events that attract longer-term tourism visitors and support local communities.



Photo: Town of Midland Corporate Services Director Amanpreet Sidhu, left, Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop, middle, and Midland Mayor Stewart Strathearn are all smiles after the Government of Ontario presented the town with $57,450 in support of the Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Festival. Town of Midland photo.

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