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Caring for Mother Earth

Whoop & Hollar values ecological, economic, and social sustainability. Our organization strives to promote respect and appreciation for our environment through its operations during the festival and throughout the year, through festival programming and workshops, and through sustainable management of the festival site.


We encourage our festival community to LEAVE NO TRACE, meaning to be courteous stewards of the land and return the festival site to the way it was before arriving at the event—while creating little impact.


In July 2018, we welcomed Ian Wassink to our team as the festival’s first-ever Sustainability Coordinator. Under Ian's lead, Whoop & Hollar has been able to further reduce its ecological footprint in ways that include successfully eliminating bottled water sales at the 2018 festival.


Going forward, drinking water stations will be located around the festival site, along with a reusable plate/cutlery program at the food vendor stations. A plate return and compost station will be set-up beside food vendors, with a food-grade dishwashing station run by volunteers. 


We welcome you to bring your refillable water bottle to the event. However, we will have reusable cups available at the drinking water stations. 


As part of the sustainability initiatives, Ian is also coordinating a group bicycle ride, which will depart Herman Prior Activity Centre at 12:30 pm on the day of the festival. It’s a fun, eco-friendly adventure for locals to attend the Folk Fest. Please visit for details, and text (204) 249-0088 or email to RSVP.


The festival encourages carpooling to site and will also be running a free shuttle from Portage la Prairie three times on Saturday (leaving Herman Prior Activity Centre at 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 8:30 pm).


Other sustainable features of the festival site include a virgin cottonwood forest, a prairie pollinator garden, among a variety of other natural areas for all living things.

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