by Stephen Dafoe
When the gates of Citadel Park open Friday night, they open for a community festival that has existed for more than half of Legal’s 100-year history. Fête au Village celebrates its 52nd edition this year and organizers are eager to celebrate the community’s heritage this weekend to tie into the Town’s centennial celebrations taking place Sept. 5 to 7.
“This is Legal’s 100th anniversary this year. Our theme for our celebration is Celebrating our Heritage,” said Committee President Fred Mallot, adding the longevity of the annual fête is the result of community pride in the event.
The event kicks off Friday night at 6:30 p.m. with the children’s Mini Parade on Main Street, followed by an evening of events in the park. Saturday offers a full day of activities, starting with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and running until the Oilcity Sound Machine finishes playing around 2 a.m. Sunday. Saturday highlights include the fête parade at 10:30 a.m., a show and shine, a variety of children’s activities running from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the annual demolition derby, the latter with a twist this year.
“This will be the first time that the demolition derby will include trucks,” Mallot said. “People are running into a problem trying to find older cars that they can smash up. The cars are starting to get a little more expensive, so people have switched over and we are going to be going with trucks.”
Below is a calendar of events