CONTEST WILL PICK REGINA’S NEXT “BIG EVENT”

REGINA – The Regina Hotel Association has announced a new competition for Canadians who want to host a festival, conference or another large event in the Queen City.

The Event of Events Competition will award $20,000 to an individual or organization interested in planning a new event in Regina or growing an existing event into an annual occasion.

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“We are looking for all types of event ideas. It might be a new music festival, it could be a new sporting event. It could be a convention. It could be a tradeshow, we are open to any type of event opportunities and ideas,” said Regina Hotel Association CEO Tracy Fahlman.

Contestants will participate in webisodes, where they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges and receive advice from other event planners in the city.

“We’ve got amazing judges who have led some of Regina’s iconic events. They will be making the decision on who ultimately wins the first and inaugural Event of Events,” said Fahlman.

The panel of judges includes Marty Seymour, CEO of Canadian Western Agribition, Chelsea Petterson, co-founder of Saskatchewan Fashion Week, Awelana Akeriwe, founder of Regina AfroFest, and Todd Ripplinger, co-founder of the Regina Subaru AAA Hockey Classic.

“Pulling off a large event is a substantial undertaking and the engaging format offered through this contest provides contestants with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and receive advice from experts,” said Seymour.

The competition is open to all legal residents of Canada, except Quebec. Contestants under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. The deadline for entries is Feb. 26. To enter and for more information on criteria and guidelines, visit