Maryland will help sponsor eight festivals this year commemorating the War of 1812, an effort officials hope will boost tourism and economic development.
The state would put up $2.1 million in matching grants to various non-profits for 23 War of 1812 projects, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Dominick Murray announced Wednesday.
About $400,000 will help pay for the festivals, which run from late April through September and most of which are in rural areas, except for one in September, called "Star-Spangled Banner Weekend" in Baltimore. Details on that festival have not been released. Five additional festivals are planned for 2014.
The state began a three-year commemoration campaign related to the War of 1812 last year — other efforts include Sailabration in Baltimore, which officials tout as an economic and tourism booster.
For more information on the festivals go to StarSpangled200.com/ChesapeakeCampaign.
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