By Marianne Curtis
The community of St. Malo opened the doors of the community for four days in February when the Friends of the Park committee hosted the fourth annual Festival of Friends.
Taking place in the St. Malo Provincial Park, the four day event kicked off February 17 and runs until February 20. The annual festival draws hundreds of participants to St. Malo for a spectacular celebration of culture, cuisine and traditions.
Weekend events included an outdoor movie, fireworks, powwow, ice races, pea soup contest ice fishing, skating, snow maze, snowshoeing, horse drawn hayrides and much more.
There was also tons of live entertainment all weekend including performances by the Asham Stompers, La Bandaline, the Kussif Class Rock Band, Michael Audette, the Remillard Family, Rebondir. There is even a special kids show featuring Marie Josee Clement.
In addition, Provencher MP Vic Toews was on hand to announce federal funding for the Friends of St. Malo Provincial Park, which will be used to support the Festival of Friends.
“Celebrations like the Festival of Friends provide an opportunity to celebrate the history and culture we share as Canadians,” stated Toews. “The family-friendly environment encourages friends and neighbours to participate in activities that not only celebrate our national identity but support the local economy.”
The St. Malo Festival of Friends was established in 2008 and dedicated to celebrating and highlighting the Francophone and Métis culture of the region. The festival takes place at the Parc Provincial de St-Malo and includes winter activities as well as demonstrations of the local historical Francophone and Métis heritage.
Provencher MP Vic Toews has a little fun trying his arm in the soup can toss.