Think of it as being allowed beyond the velvet rope as far as “star” status is concerned.
A select handful of Manitoba festivals and events have joined an exclusive club to earn the province’s Star Celebrations designation.
Tourism Minister Ron Lemieux unveiled the program on Wednesday, announcing the first organizations to receive the title are the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, Festival du Voyageur, the Manito Ahbee Festival and the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.
The designations are a way to boost tourism and increase exposure for the events.
“We are pleased to be among the first groups selected as a Star Celebration,” said Sandy Fox, president of the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. “We look forward to sharing our unique atmosphere and variety of produce, baking and crafts with visitors and home-grown tourists alike.”
The Arborg and District Multicultural Heritage Village has also received the Manitoba Star Attractions designation.
Organizations can apply for 2016 Star Celebrations status until November 6 on the government’s website.