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NEWS RELEASE          For release June 25, 2008

Thanks to our sponsors

Southampton, Ont., June 25, 2008 -- The 150th anniversary celebrations are made possible by the hard work of a large team of volunteers, plus funding from government and local sponsors.

A $94,800 federal grant came from Heritage Canada and its "Building Communities through Arts and Heritage" program. The grant is for local artists and heritage promotion. It must be spent on local artists, musicians, performers, historical costuming, etc., The federal grant doesn't cover infrastructure such as fencing, stage construction, security and toilet facilities, which is why sponsors are needed.

The position of Special Events Coordinator was filled thanks to Employment Ontario's Job Creation Partnership. It's a program of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The Employment Ontario contribution has a total value of $26,640.

Community support is essential for a major undertaking like the 150th anniversary. Here are some examples of special support from local sponsors:

Sponsor Special Support
Bruce County Museum Incorporation Day Reception
Burke's Foodland Beef Bash BBQ Dinner
Chippewa Golf & Country Club 150th Golf Tournament Sponsor
DC Johnston Royal LePage Main Stage, "Royal LePage DC Johnston Realty Stage"
Johnston & Nagel Roller Skating
Martins Bicycle Shop BMX Dirt Bike Demo
OLG Antique Car Show
Optimists Beach Volleyball Tournament
Pelee Island Winery Wine Sponsor
Steelback Brewery Beer Sponsor
Thorncrest Outfitters 150th Canoe and Kayak Regatta

The 150th Anniversary Committee would like to thank the many sponsors who have stepped forward to support the celebrations marking Southampton's 150th anniversary. If you would like to be a sponsor, contact Duncan McCallum, 519-797-2043.

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For more: Tim Andersen, 519-797-1789,

For the complete sponsor list, see


  For all news releases, see

 2008 marks 150 years since Southampton was incorporated as a village on July 24, 1858. Celebrations culminate in the 150th Anniversary Weekend, Aug. 14-17, 2008. For more about Southampton's 150th Anniversary, see

  To see all 150th anniversary events, pick up the Events Flyer at the Chamber of Commerce and at various locations around Southampton, or visit

  The Southampton, Then and Now calendar is available at selected locations, listed at

 See the summary of 150 years of Southampton history (1816 to 1993) at


The Southampton 150th Anniversary Committee is composed of volunteers and is a sub-committee of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce. As a steering committee, it plans events and works closely with local groups and businesses, which run their own 150th anniversary events along with their regular programming.

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Box 1133, Southampton ON N0H 2L0
Enquiries: Brenda Barringer, 519-797-2215,
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