$185,000 funding boost for Lucknow’s Music in the Fields

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LUCKNOW – Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson stopped by Lucknow’s Music in the Fields festival on Fri. Aug. 26, to present a cheque to the organizers of the highly anticipated annual event for $185,000.

The funds are a part of the Reconnect Ontario 2022, a government initiative to help local festivals and events with a tourism economic impact begin to attract visitors back after the pandemic lockdowns prevented them from happening.

“Music in the Fields is just one of many local events and festivals in Huron-Bruce that received funding through the Ontario Reconnect program. When we support tourism and culture in Huron and Bruce Counties, we are supporting local jobs and economic development,” Thompson said in a media release.

“This country music festival is unique because it is coordinated by the Lucknow Kinsmen, and all proceeds from the event get paid forward to benefit local community initiatives,” she added. “Thank you to all of the volunteers involved in staging this successful event.”

Music in the Fields Co-Chair Rick McMurray expressed the committee’s gratitude to the Ontario government. “This funding will help us sustain our festival going forward,” he said. “We can continue to provide a great not-for-profit festival that generates funds which in turn, gets donated locally to a greater cause.”

Reconnect Ontario was designed in 2021, the press release said, to help festival and event organizers adapt to new public health measures with virtual, drive-in/drive-through, and other safe offerings.

“For nearly two years, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted tourism and culture – two major industries that bring our communities to life, and Ontarians together,” said Neil Lumsden, minister of tourism, culture, and sport.

“By supporting festivals and events through the Reconnect Ontario program, our government is delivering a much-needed boost to the sector as we continue to recover from the effects of COVID-19.

“We are supporting organizations across the province that are finding new, innovative ways to safely reconnect Ontarians – helping them to engage with their communities and creating local jobs.”

Huron – Bruce received $763,588 to support local festivals and events. Below are the other funding recipients:

– $40,224 for Huron Waves Music Festival

– $101,275 for Huron Country Playhouse

– $89,540 for Blyth Centre for the Arts

– $38,795 for Lighthouse Blues Festival

– $23,315 for the Municipality of Huron East

– $12,638 for St. Joseph’s Kingsbridge Community

– $27,269 for Port Elgin Pumpkinfest

– $92,500 for Nuclear Innovation Institute

– $28,268 for Goderich Celtic Roots Festival

– $11,914 for Huron Arts & Heritage Network

– $95,645 for Cowbell Brewing Co.

– $17,205 for the Municipality of South Huron

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times