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Dates Set for new celebration in Kapuskasing

Dates have been set for the next summer festival in Kapuskasing. Town Council will approve July 24th and 25th as the two dates for 2020. Sebastien Lessard says the community still needs to host something that is more reflective of the region. He added that the new celebration will be much smaller than the former Lumberjack Festival, and may feature more of an open concept in the park as well as a second location.

Kapuskasing Mayor Dave Plourde echoed the comments made not only by Lessard but other members of council.

“It’s important to have a festival that reflects the needs of our community,” Plourde said. “It’s also got to be something that shows where we come from too.”

There has been discussion of the use of the circle, add tents and more children’s activities that will certainly help attract more families. Council was in agreement that a new committee would have a reasonable amount of time to put on something special and memorable.

Former lumberjack festival chairman Gilbert Peters suggested to council that maybe it was best to take a year off so they can prepare for something in 2021. He added that if it was decided not to have a festival beyond the 100th celebration that they could go out with a bang.

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