Mattawa set for a population explosion
The town of Mattawa is a buzz as they put the finishing touches in place and gear up for the 10th Anniversary of Voyageur Days this weekend. The annual event celebrates the community's history as key Canadian trade and exploration post.
The town of Mattawa is a buzz as they put the finishing touches in place and gear up for the 10th Anniversary of Voyageur Days this weekend.
The annual event celebrates the community's history as key Canadian trade and exploration post. Full details are contained in the news release below.
Mattawa - As Mattawa's population gets set to increase fivefold with the influx of visitors this weekend, the festival that was nearly decimated last year by tornado appears to once again be full of life.
Since it began 10 years ago, Mattawa Voyageur Days has offered something for everyone. With a phenomenal line up of some of the biggest names in music including Beverly Mahood, classic rock icons April Wine, Trooper, Honeymoon Suite, Harlequin, Nazareth, Paul James and David Wilcox, this year appears to be no different.
"This festival has seen its attendance skyrocket 127% in the last ten years, all because of the private sector support we got when we were first starting," explains Jacques Begin, festival organizer. "Once we had companies like Molson sponsoring us, we knew we'd be able to make this event a long-term success."
From July 26th through 29th, community members and visitors will have their pick of things to do - from music, a "Dam Tour", Helicopter Tours, the Mattawa River Canoe Race, the Andre Champagne Memorial Lumberjack Competition, the Voyageur Marketplace and a choreographed fireworks show at the historic Explorer's Point Park.
Everything at this year's event, minus the big name entertainment, is paid for by the organizing committee thanks to donations from one the festivals earliest sponsors, Molson Canada.
"We're proud to have been able to help grow this great community event and look forward to further strengthening our affiliation with the town of Mattawa over the next ten years." adds Patrick Geary, area sales representative, Molson Canada. "Working with the event organizers we have been able to assist them in increasing attendance by 64 % in the last two years,"
Their continued support of Voyageur Days fits in with Molson's revamped donation strategy that looks to develop healthy communities across the country.
For more information on the event, check out www.voyageurdays.com.