Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights Receives International Honour

(Niagara Falls, ON) September 15 – The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL), was the recipient of an award this week at the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat in Tucson, Arizona. The WFOL received the Gold IFEA Pinnacle Award for Best Festival Mobile Application.

The IFEA Pinnacle awards draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events.  Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the 500 Festival in Indianapolis, IN; the Des Moines Arts Festival, Des Moines, IA; Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN; Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ; the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, MI; the Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA; the Fiesta Bowl, Scottsdale, AZ; the Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA; the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA and Celebrations Ottawa in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

“We’re so thrilled to hear the news that we’ve been recognized. Winning an award from the IFEA is a prestigious honour for the Festival,” said Tina Myers, Executive Director, Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights. “This is just the beginning, we will continue to work towards taking the Festival to new heights!”

“This award recognizes the dedication and hard work of the Festival organizers, volunteers, community partners, the City of Niagara Falls and area residents. Together they provide over one million visitors each year with a warm welcome, bright lights and fond memories. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is very proud to be the title sponsor of this important Festival,” commented Gerry Foote, OPG Vice President of Niagara Operations.

Niagara’s annual lighting festival has received a great deal of acclaim recently, also earning a spot with six other finalists in the Ontario Choice Awards for Top Festival & Event. The finalists were announced this spring, winners will be determined by online vote on the Attractions Ontario website (http://attractionsontario.ca/top-festival-and-event). The contest allows individuals to vote once every twenty-four hours, so if you’ve enjoyed the WFOL please consider voting before the contest closes on October 6.

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights will celebrate its 35th Season beginning   November 18th and continuing through to January 31st, 2018. Opening Ceremonies for the Festival are on November 18th at Niagara Parks’ Queen Victoria Park and will feature a fire and lightning performance where mythical characters will bring the elemental forces of nature to life in a spectacular production. The public is invited to attend the free event.

For more information and a full listing of festival events, please visit www.wfol.com.

About the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights

New lights, new entertainment, free programming plus our signature events, will make our 35th season a celebration that you must experience!

As one of North America’s premier illumination festivals, the Festival of Lights is attended by over one million visitors a year, a trip to see the lights in Niagara Falls is a festive winter tradition for people of all ages. The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has become famous for its many iconic illuminated displays including the Zimmerman Fountain with its sparkling white lights, the illuminated Skylon Tower, the light show on the century-old Toronto Power Generating Station, Noah’s Ark plus the many Canadian themed displays and trees wrapped in thousands of lights in the Dufferin Islands nature area, just to name a few.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is proud to be part of the Niagara Falls community and the 35th Annual Winter Festival of Lights. For more than 90 years, OPG’s Sir Adam Beck hydroelectric stations in Niagara Falls have generated clean, renewable power. Today, more than 99 per cent of the electricity OPG produces is free of emissions that cause smog or climate change. For more information please visit www.opg.com.

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