V’nez fêter chez nous
Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival
When a group of Urbainville farmers decided to organize a local agricultural exhibition to promote the improvement of the quality of their livestock and produce in 1903, they probably had no idea that it would continue for well over a century. The Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year from August 31–September 3 in Abram-Village. The event has been known for years now as the Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival.
Organizers aim to highlight the event’s traditional agricultural facets and competitions. In an effort to encourage more participation and to maintain these traditions for years to come, people are encouraged to get a copy of the event’s prize catalog to learn more about the competitions and contests. It is available at the Festival office, the Wellington Co-op, and at expositionfestival.ca.
The Exhibition’s attractions include plenty of judged events for grains, roots, vegetables, fruits, flowers, arts, crafts and domestic sciences entries, as well as 4-H projects, rabbits, light horse and pony, and beef. There will also be culinary demonstrations, a craft sale and craft demonstrations, a draft horse show, the PEI Provincial Holstein Show, a mallet-operated strength-testing machine, an axe-throwing cage (ages 10+), the small animal farm, the Provincial Horse Pull Championships, and the famous Cow Patty Bingo.
The Evangeline Region Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival theme is V’nez fêter chez nous! The four-day celebration also includes an official opening ceremony, skills and talent shows, French language performances, fiddling and stepdancing, a book launch, a flying dog show, and much more. The Acadian dance, La Soirée des retrouvailles, will have music from Terry Melanson (NB) with square dance caller Ghislain Jutras (QC). The Évangéline and Gabriel dance will feature Réveil (NB). The Festival will also have music by Gadelle, and concerts with Caroline Bernard and Rémi Arsenault, Sirène et Matelot, and more.
Visit expositionfestival.ca for the full schedule, tickets, a copy of the prize catalog, and more.