ABRAMS-VILLAGE — Funding enhancements to the Acadian Festival events site has been announced.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, has invested $47,785 for enhancements to the Exposition agricole et le Festival acadien event grounds. The Government of P.E.I., through the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, has invested an additional $8,220 towards these improvements.
The funding was announed by Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea, also the MP for Egmont, and Sonny Gallant, P.E.I. MLA for Evangeline-Miscouche.
Shea said the enhancements to the event site will better accommodate the festival’s growing popularity and maintain Prince Edward Island as a top tourist destination.
That sentiment was echoed by Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley.
“This will help to enhance the culture of the region and help attract increased numbers of Islanders and visitors.”
The exposition agricole et le Festival acadien will to continue to provide visitors with modern and safe facilities thanks to these improvements. The enhancements include upgrades to the washroom facilities, the entrance kiosk and stage, the safety fence and horse ring, and landscaping.
The festival will also begin an off-Island marketing campaign to promote the event and further increase visitation to the annual event.
“Our festival has experienced great success in the last number of years,” said Eric Richard, president, the exposition agricole et le Festival acadien. “This funding has allowed us to make upgrades to our event grounds to accommodate the growing number of visitors we are experiencing.”
The Exposition agricole et le Festival acadien is a four-day event and agricultural exhibition celebrating Acadian culture which took place Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in the Evangeline region. Some of this year’s activities included Le Festin Acadien Avec Homard, livestock judging, equestrian, petting farm, parade and fiddling.