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Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival to be "Deeply Rooted in l’Acadie" this summer

ABRAM-VILLAGE – July 5, 2019 – The major Acadian celebrations of 2019 will continue until the end of the summer – from August 28 to September 1 in fact – when the 117th edition of the Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and the 49th edition of its Acadian Festival will be held in Abram-Village, PEI.

But why so many celebrations? "Our theme this year explains it very clearly. We are Deeply Rooted in l’Acadie. We are so proud of our roots, our culture, our heritage and our language that it is impossible for us not to celebrate them," says Jeanne Gallant, president of the Exhibition and Festival.

This major, annual five-day event will offer unparalleled programming featuring a wide array of performers. Several favorite events will be back, but many new facets will be added to this year’s festivities. The board of directors, the hundreds of volunteers at the event and its traditional hosts, Évangéline and Gabriel, played by Blair and Angela (Pendergast) Arsenault this year, will be honored to welcome the thousands of expected guests.

SHOWS AND DANCES

The president noted that, as usual, music, song and dance – both traditional and modern – will be prominently featured during the festival.

The board decided this year to bring back the popular group Suroît from the Magdalen Islands to play at the bedeviling party of the “Djâble dans l’corps” Friday, Aug. 30. They haven’t performed in Abram-Village for well over a decade. For the Évangéline and Gabriel Dance Saturday, Aug. 31, the fantastic Acadian band Réveil from New Brunswick will be featured for a 12th consecutive year!

Concerts and musical talent competitions of all kinds will be staged throughout the long weekend event. Particular emphasis will be placed on young artists and groups, such as Paloudes, i7 and Quoi de neuf? The popular group Gadelle will also perform on Saturday afternoon on the main stage.

On the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 1, participants will be treated to the very popular fiddling and stepdancing show. That evening, the closing show, presented under the theme "L’Acadie Is My Home", will offer a beautiful retrospective of the year's musical and theatrical achievements.

For a first time at the festival, comedian-juggler Patchouko (Gilles Villeneuve) from Quebec will present "Cirqsantrick" shows, crowd animation and circus workshops throughout the weekend.

Jerry Arsenault will also present his vastly popular pole-climbing show (with his brother Marcel and his son Jeremy) for the very last time since he has decided to retire – for good this time. After all, he has now passed the age of 70 years. The trio will present two shows of their favorite bits from the last 30 years.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES AND COMPETITIONS

The parade of fishing boats and mass at sea will take place this year at the Egmont Bay Wharf on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 1. The parade of floats, marching bands, clowns and special entries will follow in the early afternoon. Historian Georges Arsenault will deliver two talks over the weekend, one on the role of women in the Agricultural Exhibition and the other on the first popular activities of the Acadian Festival.

All kinds of competitions and contests will be integrated into the festivities. The woodsmen competitions will be back; in a related event, members of the public will have the opportunity to practice throwing axes in a trailer from "Axes, Eh? Mobile Axe Throwing".

The weekend will also feature the return of the fishermen's competition, the Acadie Fit Challenge, relay races, boot-throwing competitions, fish line casting competitions, a turnip bowling competition, the famous Clammin N' Jammin competition, a lobster-eating competition, a horse pull, a cow-milking competition, an all-terrain vehicle competition, and the list goes on.

AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITION

The evaluation of livestock, horses and ponies, poultry, various other animals and of a wide array of other categories (grains, roots, vegetables, fruits, flowers, arts, crafts, domestic sciences) will take place mainly on Friday and Saturday. The PEI Provincial Holstein Show is expected to attract a lot of attention. The turkey parade and showmanship competition once again promises to be very interesting.

New this year: Instead of holding their Rural Youth Fair this summer, the Prince Edward Island 4-H Clubs will integrate their provincial livestock competitions into existing agricultural fairs. The Evangeline Region Agricultural Exhibition has been selected to host the provincial 4-H Dairy Competition. The winning cattle will qualify for the national Royal 4-H Show in Toronto.

"The 2019 edition of our event promises to be very interesting, fun and entertaining, so we hope that people from all over the Island, Atlantic Canada and beyond will continue to celebrate with us until Sunday, Sept. 1," concluded Gallant.

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CUTLINE 1: The juggler-comedian Patchouko (Gilles Villeneuve) from Quebec will present his “Cirqsantrick” shows, crowd animations and circus workshops several times during the weekend of the Acadian Festival.

CUTLINE 2: Young Riel Arsenault leads his Holstein calf to the 4-H Club competition site. This year, the 4-H Club Provincial Dairy Competition will be held at the Evangeline Region Agricultural Exhibition.

CUTLINE 3: The musical group Suroît from the Magdalen Islands, now composed of, from left, Félix Leblanc, Simon-Charles Cyr, Gabriel Arseneau, Réal Longuépée and Henri-Paul Bénard, will make its triumphant return to the Djâble dans l'corps party Friday, Aug. 30, in Abram-Village.

 

For more information:
Jeanne Gallant
President
Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival
Home phone: 902-854-3287
Cell phone: 902-854-0809
Emails: expositionfestival@gmail.com or gallant.jeanne22@gmail.com

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