'Beautiful' festival a big draw

Justin Crann
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Motif celebrates 40th with style

This year, the Motif Festival was notable in more than just one way.

The multicultural festival ushered in its 40th anniversary by hosting the most vendors it has ever had, representing 15 distinct cultures, ranging from Jamaica and Scotland to Liberia and Tanzania.

It also drew hundreds of guests to Happy Valley Park — including many from Regina and other municipalities — over three days.

According to Victor Morales, who was part of the team operating the Filipino Community of Moose Jaw's booth, crowds ebbed and flowed with performances but attendance was steady throughout the festival.

Angela Schnell, a former Moose Javian, travelled with friends from her new home in Regina to attend the festival. 

It's a tradition she has repeated for years, she explained.

"I volunteered here when I was younger, in high school," she said. "Since I left, I've brought different groups of friends here every year."

Many attendees were returning from previous years.

Judith Smith, also from Regina, has been coming for a decade.

"I love it," she said. "Absolutely, I come every year … I've even come here when it's rained. I love coming to Motif."

While a total number of guests wasn't available as of press time, the event's organizers indicated they were very happy with how the festival came together.

"Things came together nicely this week," said Jillian Taylor, the festival's co-ordinator. "It has been beautiful."

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Organizations: Filipino Community of Moose Jaw

Geographic location: Regina, Jamaica, Scotland Liberia Tanzania Happy Valley Park

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