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Hockeyfest scores big for Brant county.

A huge music festival and street hockey tournament in Brantford is expected to have a major impact on the Brant economy.

Brantford's Hockeyfest Music Festival and the fifth annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament is set to pull in record crowds, organizers say.

The Guinness World Record-setting street hockey tournament is expected to increase to about 10,000 participants and over 200 teams, and the music festival has gone from a one-day event to a three-day festival.

Rumour has it that the event is getting so big that next year it will likely spill into the County of Brant's facilities, making good use of the brand new twin pad arena.

Hockeyfest will feature a country music night on Friday, Jun. 3 which will be highlighted by international country music superstar Martina McBride, four-time Canadian Country Band of the Year Doc Walker, Canadian country music star Aaron Lines and Brantford's own local heroes Dry County.

Rock Music Night on Saturday, Jun. 4 will feature Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, The Trews, and six other Canadian bands including WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy as well as local Brant county stars Inambush.

A bonus show on Saturday, Jun. 5 will feature international reggae rock icons Sublime a nine-band show with Canadian stars Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado and Street Pharmacy.

There will also be a "hockeyfest village," a tribute to the sport of hockey and a showcase for hockey memorabilia displays, autograph sessions with current and former NHLers, hockey skills competitions on mini-rinks and hockey-based vendors.

Brant county lodgings, restaurants and retail outlets are expected to profit significantly from the tourists that will be visiting the area.

Funds raised from the event will go towards Walter Gretzky's charities of choice, the City of Brantford's Legacy Sports Infrastructure Fund and GEDSB high schools.

For more information on the event go to www.brantfordhockeyfest.com.
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Title Annotation:Scene & Heard
Publication:Paris Chronicle (Paris, Canada)
Date:Apr 29, 2011
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