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Kapuskasing could be the home of a new festival this summer

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It appears that the Model Town will be getting back into the festival spirit this year. Administrator Guylain Baril says it was the plan of town council to move forward with another event once the Kap 100th anniversary had concluded.

“Migrate from the lumberjack and 20 years of lumberjack festivals to something else,” he said. “Probably still a summer festival of some sort maybe more focused around food. There’s a lot of food festival ideas floating around.”

He adds that one thing that the town learned from this past year’s 100th anniversary is location…location.

“That big La Forge tent was set up in front of the Civic Centre and we were trying something new,” he said. “I think it worked out perfectly with the amenities of the Civic Centre and on the others side the view of the bay the fireworks at night, and just the general appreciation of that night view of the bay.”

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He adds that town council is expected to discuss the next festival plan for the community at a meeting later this month.

For 20 years Kapuskasing was home to a highly successful Lumberjack Festival that brought in visitors and former residents. Last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the town celebrated its 100th anniversary with a Rendezvous weekend in September. Baril says the attendance at Rendezvous Weekend showed that local residents are very anxious to get out and celebrate again.

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