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$50,000 handed over to BIZ during medieval arts festival

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A business group that turns over a St. Boniface park for an annual medieval arts festival once a year got a fresh infusion of cash Saturday with a $50,000 grant from the city.

The Norwood Grove Business Improvement Zone turns over Coronation Park every year for a festival that includes the colourful Swords and Sabres Pirate Renaissance. This weekend, local city councillor Dan Vandal made an appearance among the costumed pirates and Vikings at the festival and handed over some loot to the organizers.

The grant was made to the Norwood Grove BIZ for its planned projects to boost the local area. Plans include three gateway monuments to showcase the entrances to the Norwood Grove, a permanent picnic and skate structure in the park and some seasonal holiday décor for the area.

"It's great to see local businesses come together to make Norwood more appealing and a more successful business area. This additional funding will enable the Norwood Grove BIZ to enhance their commercial zone," Vandal said.

There was no word on whether Vandal dressed in a medieval costume for the appearance or just showed up in his regular street clothes as St. Boniface's city councillor.

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