“The unique Brayonne festival is without a doubt one of the largest francophone festivals this side of Quebec,” said festival president Eric McGuire, who is in his second year as Foire president.
The festival will take place from Wednesday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 5. Each day is packed with events ranging from daily tours through the Botanical Gardens in St. Jacques to a golf tournament at the Edmundston Golf Club, to pool tournaments at Black Jack in downtown Edmundston.
At night, festival-goers will be treated to music from a wide variety of bands and performers. After the ceremony marking the official opening of the 34th edition of the Foire, the local group The Lonesome Line will perform for the first part of the show on Aug. 1, followed by Sylvain Cossette and his show “The Best of the 70s.”
Following the “Coco Country Band,” the group “Alter Ego” will perform dance numbers, with costume changes and boundless energy Thursday, Aug. 2.
The Foire Brayonne’s traditional “Parking Party” is back again this year with local group Bouya, Friday, Aug. 3, in the downtown Edmundston municipal parking lot.
Saturday, Aug. 4 will be a tribute to Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne Story, followed by Thunderstruck, a tribute to AC/DC.
Local group Jerry-T’s Chug-a-Mug Band will start off the evening Sunday, Aug. 5 followed by “Rock the King” with Martin Fontaine, and the Porn Flakes will close the festivities of the 34th Foire.
Festivities will start at 10 a.m. throughout the week, except for on Friday, as the golf tournament at the Edmundston Golf Club will begin at 8 a.m. The “Festi-Pass” festival passes are available starting Wednesday, June 30 for $30 at locations throughout Edmundston, N.B., Clair, N.B., and St. Francois, N.B.
“Whether your ancestors are Brayonne or you are simply tourists, come celebrate with us in Edmundston, the capital of the legendary Republic of Madawaska!” McGuire said enthusiastically.
For more information, call Cindy Couturier at (506) 739-6608 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.