Nearly $185K for Leeds-Grenville festivals

The logo for the Kemptville Live Music Festival. The July festival is among a half dozen recipients of funding from Celebrate Ontario for tourism marketing. (Kemptville Live Music Festival via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – A half dozen festivals in Leeds-Grenville are on the receiving end of nearly $185,000 in funding from the Ontario government.

The provincial government announced $15 million Monday for 200 festivals and events, which will draw tourists to the area and, in turn, boost the economy and jobs.

The biggest recipients in Leeds-Grenville are the Kemptville Live Music Festival, which runs July 22-24, with $63,667 and the 1000 Islands Regatta & Festival, June 30 to July 3, with $38,792.

Brockville’s Ribfest from Aug. 4-7 and the Tall Ships Festival from Sept. 16-18 will receive $9,630 and $33,412 respectively.

Another regatta – the 1000 Islands Nickel Cup Hydroplane Regatta in Gananoque – from June 2-5 is getting $29,980.

The Spencerville Stampede, which runs July 22-24, 2016, is getting $9,400.

The grants come from Celebrate Ontario, an application based grant program which provides marketing funding to new and existing events.

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