In 2012, the Canadian Country Music Heritage Society (CCMHS) was formed to provide a venue for the display of artifacts related to inductees to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.  This opportunity is facilitated through key relationships with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the National Music Centre (NMC).   

The history of country music celebrations in Merritt and the Nicola Valley is highly visible in two other important community attractions: The Merritt Walk of Stars; and, the Country Legends Murals.  The Merritt Walk of Stars features handprints (yes, one footprint) and signatures of country music top international performers.  What began in 1993 is now a comfortable community walking tour with over 50 bronze plaques on display.  The Country Legends Murals (a community youth project) are seen throughout the downtown and represent a wonderful thematic variation for renowned Master Muralist Michelle Loughery.

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