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City to provide 10K to help Bear Creek Folk Fest get off the ground

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Organizers of a large scale folk festival coming to Grande Prairie next summer appeared before city council last night in search of some financial assistance.

The initial request was for $20,000, to be used as seed money to hammer down headlining acts for the event.

However, Artistic Director Sarah Card says the $10,000 council did agree to supply will go a long way to getting the ball rolling.

“So it’s going to take some time. Starting a new thing is always hard, but every great event had to have a first year at some point, and I can’t think of an event that didn’t go through a similar process where people aren’t willing to trust something until it’s tried and true.”

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Card says once headlining acts are secured for the August 2016 festival, that will make the job of lining up sponsorship and ticket sales.

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