The Agricultural Exhibition and the Acadian Festival of the Evangeline Region
Dates: August 30, 2012 - September 2, 2012
There are always plenty of activities organised for children. After all, we have to encourage our youth to participate in the festivities while they are still young. There are games and contests of all kinds. As well, on site, there is a sandbox, with plenty of toys, in which children can play. They are also able to create arts and crafts while their parents partake in the concerts and a youth dance.
Each year, many craftsmen and craftswomen from the Évangéline region and the surrounding areas have their creations evaluated during the Agricultural Exhibition and the Acadian Festival. The evaluations complete, the handiwork remains on site through the weekend to allow visitors to admire its quality. Visitors also have the opportunity to admire beautiful blankets, pretty sweaters, rugs, oil paintings, pottery, ceramic objects and many other things.
Children are also encouraged to express their artistic talents as a result of a special category for children under 16. A craft sale is held on Sunday afternoon in the craft building, giving visitors the chance to buy the crafts they have admired throughout the weekend.
The cow bingo is a well known activity that is held during Agricultural Exhibition and the Acadian Festival. Everyone hurries to buy tickets in order to win the big prize! Picking numbers from a big board, people try to guess where the cow will "do its business." The tickets for this activity are sold thoughout the weekend. If we can rely on the last few years, nothing stops our cow friend from abstaining an extra few hours to make the fun last.
The D`jâble dans l`Corps dance has always been very popular with people from the region as well as with the great many visitors that come to Agricultural Exhibition and the Acadian Festival year after year. Those who come to this exciting evening should be ready to dance. Remember, devils will be present to pick you with their forks to ensure that you get off your chair! Normally, they don`t have to work hard to get the people moving. The groups chosen to play the music are usually easily able to make anyone dance with their develish music.
The parade has always been known as one of the best on Prince Edward Island. The parade usually attracts hundreds of spectators from the area and the neighbouring communities. The parade takes place on Sunday afternoon at 1p.m. and lasts for about an hour. As for the parade route, all participants meet at the Évangéline School, where the parade begins. The parade includes: floats, cars, clowns, music, bicycles, etc.. Since the area is full of creative people, many surprises await visitors.
Those who come to the Agricultural Exhibition and the Acadian Festival can learn about arts and crafts through the many demonstrations that take place on the grounds throughout the weekend. It is a rich and creative environment which includes something for all tastes. Most of these demonstrations take place in the craft building.
The residents of the Evangeline region and the surrounding neighbourhoods can win a variety of prizes offered by the Agricultural Exhibition and the Acadian Festival. Agricultural, arts and craft products are judged and the best entrants are awarded a prize. The farmers bring their best cows, while craftsmen and craftswomen bring their most beautiful crafts. Visitors to the event immensely enjoy the local flavour.
On Friday evening, one can attend the very popular Music Jam for those passionate about music. People can bring their guitars, fiddles or any other kind of musical instruments and partake in the enjoyable experience.
For many years now, the Exposition agricole et le Festival acadien has held a mass at the wharf as part of its event. This aspect of local life remains an integral part of local culture. This mass is very special and is greatly appreciated by everyone. The local fishermen of the area decorate their fishing boats with balloons and little Acadian flags and welcome residents onboard. They go out to sea and come back in parade style. It is quite an impressive sight to witness the string of beautiful boats with their multicoloured flags floating in the wind. Observers can only feel pride in their Acadian culture and heritage while watching the event onfold. Yes, the mass at the wharf cannot be missed; especially during a beautiful sunny day.
There is always good food at the Agricultural Exhibition and the Acadian Festival. The meals are well prepared and served at the Centre Expo-Festival throughout the weekend. No one can resist the delicious food prepared by our cooks. We feel that the food is one of the main attractions of our event. We encourage everyone to come and sample our local Acadian cuisine: râpure (baked shredded potato dish), galettes blanches (Acadian bread rolls), local lobster, pâté (meat pie), etc.
Also, don't miss the chance to see Henry-Wadsworth Longfellow's characters come to life as our very own Évangéline and Gabriel are present during the whole weekend.