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Whoop & Hollar Wins Regional Tourism Award


Photo: Brooklyn Samson / Vienna Lopez

We are beyond elated to announce that Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival took home the Marketing Excellence Award at the Central Manitoba TourismAwards tonight in Morden!


Congrats to all the Portage la Prairie and Central Manitoba organizations, businesses, and volunteers who were nominees or recipients - you are ALL winners tonight.


To all of you reading this, thank you so much for continuing to believe in our community of "out of the box people who dare to be different" as drivers of tourism in our region!!


A special shout-out to the following fine folk who have helped make this milestone possible:


Carol Barbeau, our marketing extraordinaire from the beginning, who has helped lead our team in promoting and branding ourselves.


Jane Miller, our graphic designer of our logo and brand.


Dag Aymont (Badlands Promotions), Irene Boyse (Visions of Independence Inc.), Grayson Dawson (VOI/Sawmill Tea and Coffee Co. & Catering), Jill Miller (VOI/Sawmill), Bob Oldford (Royal Canadian Legion Branch #65), et al., or, the key people who represent our four Open Mic & Jam Night partners. Without your input and partnership, we wouldn't have been where we are today.


Nettie Neudorf and the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie for recognizing us as the 2019 Signature Event for the community.


Mandy Dubois and Community Foundation of Portage & District who were our major funder in 2018, helping us develop and release our official brand.


Vern May of Portage Regional Economic Development - PRED and Island on the Prairies tourism for being part of the nominating team at the local level.


Colleen Kyle and Central Manitoba Tourism Association for being part of the nominating team at the regional level.


Not to mention the year-round efforts of our board, advisory committee, volunteers, attendees, sponsors, and supporters.


In September, our festival moves on to the Travel Manitoba Provincial Tourism Awards!! "Whoop, Whoop!"


Read more about the awards in the media!

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