The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Eighth Street, Morden
Friday, August 23, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.
Fellow Manitobans, residents of a beautiful and dynamic part of our province, fans and supporters of a great festival, it’s a pleasure to join you in celebrating community and summer and the bounty of the earth.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known as Morden or Manitoba. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
As Manitobans, one of the things we love about our province is the sense of community.
We are a province of cities and towns and neighbourhoods where people take pride in the place they call home – and love to welcome visitors.
We are a province where the heritage of the past lives in the buildings and traditions and stories that surround us today.
We are a province whose people love to get together with 70,000 or so friends and neighbours to celebrate.
Since its founding in Canada’s Centennial year, the Morden Corn and Apple Festival has grown into one of the most popular festivals Manitoba.
In part, that is because of the timeless appeal of fresh corn on the cob and apples. Even more it’s because of the time and effort of generations of volunteers who have turned this city into a festival grounds one weekend of the year for 52 years.
It takes energy and leadership to make an event of this magnitude happen. It takes imagination and creativity to keep it evolving and growing, to keep generating new ideas and to keep welcoming new participants.
For more than half a century, the volunteers, sponsors and staff who make this festival possible have added to the special flavour of a Manitoba summer.
Thank you for your contributions to the province we all love. Have a wonderful festival. Merci. Meegwich.