PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia, October 12, 2011 – The Prince George Exhibition (PGX) will continue to entertain visitors as it celebrates its 100th anniversary, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. Funding was announced today by Richard Harris, Member of Parliament (Cariboo–Prince George), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
The PGX is the Cariboo region’s largest and longest-running family event. Residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy musical performances, historical reenactments and artistic demonstrations as part of the PGX’s anniversary celebrations, which will run from August 8 to 12, 2012. A commemorative mural depicting the contribution of agriculture to the growth of the community will also be created.
“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important events like the Prince George Exhibition,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting these celebrations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”
“The Prince George Exhibition is a much-anticipated annual gathering that provides an opportunity for residents to celebrate our rich history, while strengthening our community both culturally and economically,” said Mr. Harris. “We are pleased to be a partner in its centennial and help support its continued success.”
“We are beyond pleased with the recognition and investment from the Government of Canada for our organization achieving the significant milestone of 100 years,” said Terri McConnachie, General Manager, Prince George Agricultural and Historical Association. “Many community-based arts, culture and heritage organizations—in addition to individual artists and artisans—will also benefit from this funding through activities, programs and partnerships during the centennial celebrations of the Prince George Exhibition in 2012. We are deeply appreciative of this support.”
The PGX was founded in 1912 with the goal of encouraging settlement in the Prince George area. It is sponsored annually by the Prince George Agricultural and Historical Association, a local non-profit organization that aims to embrace and actively cultivate spirit and pride in Prince George. The Association focuses on interpreting the community’s history to celebrate its diversity through programs, exhibits, events, and activities.The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $91,120 over two years ($68,825 for 2011–2012 and $22,295 for 2012–2013) through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and herita