Member Statement
(23 April 2015)

From Hansard - 23 April 2015

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Mortlach Saskatoonberry Festival Wins Tourism Award

The Speaker: — I recognize the Minister of Agriculture.

Hon. Mr. Stewart: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Last week the 26th annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala was hosted by Tourism Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Mr. Speaker, I’m proud to say that the Mortlach Saskatoonberry Festival, which takes place in my constituency, won the Community Event of the Year Award. The festival is a delicious celebration of community and is organized by the Mortlach Community Development & Agriculture Society and is run by local volunteers. It includes a full day of activities and samples of tasty Saskatoon berry treats. Turnout has grown substantially over the past seven years with as many as 3,000 people attending from all over, including other parts of Canada, the United States, and even Europe and Japan. This is a great opportunity for local businesses, street vendors, and community groups.

Mr. Speaker, our government applauds the achievements of all the Tourism Awards of Excellence recipients. Their hard work and innovation make Saskatchewan an inviting and memorable destination for tourists around the world.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the Mortlach Saskatoonberry Festival and all of the Tourism Awards of Excellence recipients. I would also like to thank them for being such great ambassadors for our province. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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