Portage's Potato Festival is less than a week away, former Chamber of Commerce President Chris Dyer outlines the importance of the festival for local business.

As the long weekend draws to a close Portage and area residents eagerly await next weekend and the Portage Potato Festival. 

The 3rd annual event goes Saturday August 12th.  Chris Dyer is the Past President of the Portage Chamber of Commerce he notes the Potato Festival is a major event and encourages local businesses to get on board. 

Although many who attend the festival from outside the city may not get a chance to shop here Dyer is optimistic the festival will generate awareness of what Portage la Prairie has to offer.