Annual summer festival introducing some significant changes this year
by Stephen Dafoe
It’s another weekend of something for everyone June 24 to 26 as the seventh annual St. Jean Baptiste Festival kicks off summer in Morinville.
Organizers of this year’s volunteer-run community festival are pretty confident this will be the best one yet, despite a variety of changes.
Morinville Festival Society (MFS) Chair Korien Sampson said one of the significant changes in this year’s festival was replacing the midway with a variety of other activities for youth.
“We heard from a lot of youth in town that they were kind of bored of the midway and wanted something different,” Sampson said, noting a scheduling conflict with the midway allowed MFS to offer that something different people had been asking for. “We went with a bouncy rides event instead. We polled the youth in town to ask what they’d like to see. They were asking for the hamster balls. They were asking for a big bungee jump. Everything high on their list, we pretty much got them.”
As was the case with the midway in the past, wristband sales for the replacement attractions will be $20, which gets participants in the gate and access to the rides all night long on Friday. The wristband also provides access to the Kids’ Pavilion.
Saturday will feature many of the familiar festival staples, including the Pancake Breakfast, Home Hardware / Bumper to Bumper Show and Shine, SJB Parade, Firefighters’ Combat Challenge, Masons Landscaping Beach Volleyball, and Logger Sports events.
Those activities taking place at the Ray McDonald Sports Center festival grounds will require a $5 admission for the first time in the festival’s history. Admission provides access to the grounds for the entire weekend and children under five receive free admission.