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Nanaimo ready for its close up

The lights of the television cameras will shine brightly on Nanaimo Sunday (June 24).

The Harbour City won the opportunity to be featured on the Global television morning news show, thanks to a contest entered by Nanaimo resident Winona Adams.

She entered Win a Celebration for Your Town and with the help of online voting by residents, Nanaimo beat out Campbell River, Squamish and Princeton for the win.

“We’ve got great citizens and now we get to show the rest of the province how great we are,” said Jenn Houtby-Ferguson with Tourism Nanaimo.

Save-On-Foods Woodgrove hosts a community breakfast from 8-10 a.m., where Lynn Collier and Wesla Wong will provide live hits for the morning news show in Vancouver.

Houtby-Ferguson said Mayor John Ruttan will be interviewed  and she’ll bring goodies from the Nanaimo Bar Trail for the reporters to try. They’ll talk about the upcoming dragon boat festival, which Save-On-Foods is the title sponsor, as well as the annual bathtub races, plus trivia and history about Nanaimo.

Some of the details are still in discussion with producers, Houtby-Ferguson said.

Adams also wins a gift certificate from the grocery chain, which she previously said she will donate to the food bank.

The top-rated morning news show broadcasting from Nanaimo provides a great marketing opportunity, said Houtby-Ferguson.

“The Lower Mainland and Vancouver is absolutely a key market for us,” she said. “Money can’t buy the exposure we’re getting with this.”

The community breakfast is free and open to the public.

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