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Two Local Festivals Are Provincially Recognized

Saugeen Shores/Kincardine | by Bayshore News Staff  

Port Elgin Pumpkinfest and Kincardine's Lighthouse Blues Festival are a part of Ontario's top 100 events.

Port Elgin Pumpkinfest and Kincardine's Lighthouse Blues Festival are a part of Ontario's top 100 events.

The long-running two-day fall festival in Port Elgin also won two more awards at the 2019 Festival and Events in Ontario (FEO) Achievement Awards held in London, February 28.

Pumpkinfest received the award for Best Community Partner Outreach Program with its work with non-profit groups and an award for Best New Single Sponsorship with Sunbelt Rentals.

Pumpkinfest General Manager, Joanne Robbins says it's really nice to be recognized for being one of the top 100 in Ontario and is especially pleased for the other two awards.

Robbins is especially thrilled about winning the Community Partner Outreach award. "We have 45 non-profits that fundraise... the community outreach award is for everyone in town, it's well deserved."

Following the help received from Sunbelt Rentals  and its manager Cody Feltis during last year's Festival, Robbins wrote the FEO detailing his efforts.
"He donated all the fencing to us... it was such a great symbiotic relationship, he went above and beyond and that's why I submitted it and Cody Feltis and Sunbelt rentals deserve a great kudos."

Following the three wins Pumpkinfest will use this accreditation on their social media and promotions. "There's some big festivals in Toronto and Hamilton and winning these for our small town give us bragging rights, and we should all be very proud.

Long-time Volunteer, Mayor Luke Charbonneau says Pumpkinfest is one of the best events in Saugeen Shores and has a great group of volunteers and organizers.

"They've won awards before, they're winning awards now, and they keep winning awards in the future because they're good at what they do." 
Mayor Charbonneau also says, it's great to hear the awards Pumpkinfest received are recognizing the partnerships that Pumpkinfest has with the community. 

Also taking home some glory at the EFO awards ceremony was Kincardine Bluesfest, which for the fifth year in a row was recognized as one of the top 100 Festivals in Ontario. 

Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2018 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. Festivals and events of all kinds from Ontario were represented in the submissions.

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