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Celtic Society Hoping for More Funding for Festival

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

The Society is aksing for $15,000 from the Town of Goderich.

Goderich Council will be looking at a much larger grant request from the Goderich Celtic Folk Society, when it deliberates the 2019 municipal budget next month.

The Society stages the annual three-day Celtic Roots Festival in Lions' Harbour Park, and the week-long Celtic College each August.

The organization is looking for a $15 thousand grant from the Town this year, up from the $5 thousand they received last year.

Society board member John Lodge tells Country 104.9 News that last year's receipts from the Festival and Celtic College were much healthier than they were in 2017.

Lodge reminds us that extra expenses were incurred by the Society two years ago, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the events.

He recalls that 2018 saw good summer weather for the Festival and Celtic College, which helped draw more visitors than anticipated.

Lodge says the celebration of Celtic music and culture draws people mostly from other parts of Ontario and Canada, with some American visitors.

He points out that just 20 per-cent of visitors are from Huron County.

The visitor who travelled the farthest last year, was young woman from Japan who attended the Celtic College.

He adds that the Society has hired Artistic Director Cheryl Prasker, who moved to Goderich from the US for the job.


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