Dauphin’s Countryfest Weathering Pandemic Storm; Welcomes New Directors at AGM 

February 19, 2021 (Dauphin, MB) – Dauphin’s Countryfest held its 2020 Annual General Meeting on February 18, 2021. The message remains positive, despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing the cancellation of the 2020 festival. 

Rob Waloschuk, General Manager said “Over the past year we have worked diligently with our financial institution and corporate sponsors. We have also been able to take advantage of several federal and provincial Covid-19 related support programs, such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Rent Subsidy, the Manitoba Bridge Grants, etc to help off set the negative financial impact of not being able to hold the 2020 festival or any of our ‘Countryfest Presents’ events.” 

Waloschuk also said that many ticket holders have rolled over their tickets until the next festival. “The support of our ticket holders and especially our Countryfest Members who have stuck with us through this has been phenomenal. We could not have done it with out this support.” 

The 2020 AGM also saw the addition of two new Directors to the Countryfest Board. Colette Hykawy and Ron Hedley will join volunteer Directors Carissa Caruk-Ganczar, Clayton Carefoot, Stephen Chychota, Ron Love, Chad McCrady, Duane McMaster, Lisa Saunders, Wayne Steiner, Jamie Van Beukenhout and Dean Yerama with President Ann Ransom. “Thank you to all the Directors and the entire Countryfest team for their creativity and innovation during these challenging times,” said President Ann Ransom, “and thank you to our loyal members for waiting out the storm with us.” 

Regarding the plans for 2021, Waloschuk said the Countryfest team has been busy planning and adjusting, and is eager to share some exciting ideas. “Like every other event, we are hoping to receive more detailed direction from government officials. We look forward to sharing that information with our festival goers when we are able.” 

About Dauphin’s Countryfest 

Dauphin’s Countryfest is Canada’s longest running country music festival, and has been holding a music festival annually on the July long weekend since 1990, attracting the biggest names in country music. Dauphin’s Countryfest is a not-for-profit organization consisting of a 12-member volunteer Board of Directors and a membership of more than 2500 loyal supporters. 

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