Free admission for children on Friday and Saturday of Acadian Festival
Special shows and activities planned for youth
ABRAM-VILLAGE – Aug. 17, 2016 – Youth are the present and future of the community and its cultural activities. This year, the Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival wants to highlight the participation and contribution of children and teenagers during its annual celebratory event.
“We’re organizing a series of activities, including concerts, games and competitions, for children and youth throughout the weekend of Sept. 1-4 in Abram-Village,” says president Alcide Bernard. “As well, we’re offering free admission to all school and pre-school aged children on the Friday and Saturday of our event.”
First of all, throughout the weekend, the large inflatable “bouncy” castles will be located on the grounds to help entertain small children. The small animal farm will also allow children to see all their favourite animals.
The Acazing Talent Competition, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is comprised of three categories, including two aimed at youth: one is for children aged 12 years and under and the other for youth aged 13 to 20. Cash prizes will be handed out to the winners.
The judging of 4-H projects and 4-H poultry will take place in the morning and the judging of 4-H livestock in the afternoon. The miniature horse hitch and show, which is always popular with kids, will begin in the morning and continue into the afternoon.
The provincial finals of the Youth Talent Competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. John “J.R.” Richard from the radio station CJSE will then host relay races for children at 3 p.m.
Art Richard’s children’s show will be returning by popular demand at 3:30 p.m. Accompanying himself on accordion, mandolin and guitar, Art will present interactive songs and dances to get young and older audience members singing and dancing along. Audiences will recognize a number of traditional songs as well as several original numbers, all presented to entertain and educate. Art has performed everywhere in the Maritimes, throughout Canada and in various locations throughout the United States. He really enjoys playing in Louisiana since he plays Cajun-style accordion. He has recorded 11 CDs and five DVDs.
The judging of 4-H rabbits will begin at 9 a.m. while the judging of pre 4-H Holstein classes kick off at 12:45 p.m.
Jake Arsenault from the Hard Workers Youth Services Co-op will host a series of children’s games throughout the day.
Two shows featuring the horse Mustang, hosted by trainer Claude Chaussé, will certainly attract the attention of children at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
In the evening, a concert featuring the talents of a group of teenaged girls called 112 Accords, with special guests from the Magdalen Islands, will be staged at 8 p.m. in the Angèle Arsenault Hall at the Acadian Musical Village.
The parade, at 1 p.m., is always a favourite event for many children. The Mustang horse show will again be presented twice on Sunday, at 12 noon and at 4:30 p.m.
At around 6:30 p.m., the winner of the Young Acadian of the Year Award will be announced. Then at 7 pm., the festival’s closing show, entitled “Place aux jeunes artistes”, will exclusively feature young performers.
CUTLINE: Art Richard will be back by popular demand to present his children’s show Friday, Sept. 2, at 3:30 p.m. at the Acadian Festival in Abram-Village.
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Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival