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Festival du Voyageur Balances Some Old, Some New to Mark 50 Years

Festival du Voyageur Balances Some Old, Some New to Mark 50 Years

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Festival du Voyageur is February 15-24, 2019. (HANDOUT)

It’s the big 5-0 for Festival du Voyageur this year as the largest winter festival in Western Canada marks five decades.

“As we mark this milestone in our festival’s history, it is important to not only celebrate the past 50 years but to also look to the future,” said Darrel Nadeau, executive director of Festival du Voyageur.

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Registration Open for Festival du Voyageur Beard Growing Contest

Registration Open for Festival du Voyageur Beard Growing Contest

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Registration for Festival du Voyageur’s annual Beard Growing Contest is now open. (HEHO.CA)

Men (and women) can now register for Festival du Voyageur‘s 37th annual Beard Growing Contest.

Four categories are in play for 2019: clean shaven, open, Voyageur beard and novelty. For women, a participant can show their originality and make their own beard. The contestant with the most creative beard will take home the grand prize.

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Festival du Voyageur Attendance Down Slightly This Year

Festival du Voyageur Attendance Down Slightly This Year

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Festival du Voyageur welcomed 93,400 people during its 10-day run this year. (HANDOUT)

Festival du Voyageur is in the books for its 49th year and drew in 93,400 people over the 10 days.

According to numbers released Monday, attendance at official sites was up this year, but attendance at Voyageur Park dropped 10 percent. Officials contribute the latter to cold weather during Festival’s first weekend and changes in ticketing, mainly limiting the number of people who can enter Voyageur Park each day.

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Sunny Skies and Family Fun Featured at Festival du Voyageur on Louis Riel Day

Sunny Skies and Family Fun Featured at Festival du Voyageur on Louis Riel Day

By Michelle Bailey (@MichelleBailey1)

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Christian and Kristen Clavelle and their children, Kadence, 4, and Caleb, 2, enjoy Louis Riel Day at Festival du Voyageur on Monday, February 19, 2018. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Stefan Riel fondly remembers when his parents and siblings were the official voyageur family of Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur “at some point in the early 90’s.”

“That was a lot of fun and the cabane à sucre was always one of my favourite stops during festival,” Riel said, as he held his two-year-old son Everett who was having his inaugural lick of snow maple taffy while inside the popular sugar shack.

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