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Celebrating Chilliwack's Unique Agricultural Heritage: Parliamentary Secretary Mark Strahl Announces Funding for the Chilliwack Fair

CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/21/14 -- Thanks to an investment of $14,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society will present the 142nd Chilliwack Fair from August 8 to 10, 2014. Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts


--  35,000 visitors are expected to attend the 142nd edition of the Fair,
    which will feature the work of more than 100 local artists.
--  The Chilliwack Fair is the second oldest fair in British Columbia.
--  Founded in 1873, the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society
    encourages and promotes agricultural development in the Fraser Valley.
--  The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides
    Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that
    present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to support the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society, which promotes the unique agricultural heritage of the Fraser Valley. Local festivals like the Chilliwack Fair promote local artists and performers and also showcase the rich culture and heritage of the region."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"We are pleased to invest in these kinds of celebrations that strengthen our communities. Congratulations to the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society and the many volunteers on their hard work in preparation for the 142nd Chilliwack Fair."

-Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon)

"The annual Chilliwack Fair has been the highlight of summer in our community for 142 years. The Fair has shown growth during the last few years, and we are committed to staying focused on our heritage while also showcasing everything that Chilliwack has to offer. We are grateful for the continued support of the Department of Canadian Heritage."

-Cathy Oss, President, Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society

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and Official Languages
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