By Étienne Thevou
Legal – Residents of and visitors to the Town of Legal will have the opportunity to celebrate French culture this weekend as Fête au Village fills the streets and parks with activities July 23 and 24.
Although the annual “village celebration” pays homage to the culture and heritage of Legal’s French pioneers, it has become an excellent opportunity for friends and family to reunite in the streets.
As is always the case, this year’s Fête au Village is full of events for all ages and interests.
The festivities kick off Friday night at 7 p.m. with the popular mini parade, an event that sees the town’s children dressed in costume and making their way up the street to the applause and laughter of parents, grandparents and those who just like a good parade.
The evening continues with a Chili Cook-Off and Tug-O-War in Citadel Park, both events scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start time. Concurrent with the two events are a number of activities for the entire family, including hotdogs and pop sponsored by the Legal Supermart and an outdoor dance with Jim Hunting that will run until midnight.
Saturday’s events get underway at 6:45 a.m. with gates to the park opening just before the pancake breakfast, running from 7 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
The annual Fête au Village parade gets underway at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by the unveiling in Citadel Park of a military mural at 11:30 a.m. This year’s festival’s theme is a Salute to Protective Services.
After the unveiling of Legal’s latest piece of art, children can take part in a quarter carnival and face painting at the arena from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Those wishing to exercise their Bingo skills can do so in the gazebo from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Additional events include a magic show at 12:30 p.m., pony rides, petting zoo and air games running during the afternoon, and the always packed demolition derby at 2:30 p.m.
The evening will be filled with music and other entertainment from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Fête au Village has lined up Sidekick, Wormwood & Rhy Berlin, and a number of other performers to entertain festival goers.
The evening caps off with a fireworks display at dusk.