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Festival du loup returns to Lafontaine Saturday

Plenty of live music, le grand hurlement highlight popular festival
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Pourquoi Pas? a band from Casselman who will be performing at this year's Festival du loup.

Lafontaine has waited three years for this.

The Festival du loup returns to Lafontaine Park on Saturday to celebrate francophone heritage, culture and music.

In the three years since the last live edition, the program has undergone a revamping with the festival now taking place over a two-day period.

On Saturday, the grounds open at 10 a.m. for festival-goers.

Tractors will rev their engines at MonPiero Farms, at the corner of the 15th Concession, and rumble over to the parking lot at Robert Robitaille Pavilion where the public can get up close and personal with the colossal machines, and learn from the farmers.

All day long, the park will be animated by festival regulars Créations In Vivo theatre troupe, back as steampunk stilt walkers, this time accompanied by a violinist.

La Clé’s youth zone will provide a multitude of activities and explorations for the little ones. The popular wolf auction is also back with online bidding.

Artisan booths will be set up throughout the grounds with a number of food options also available including an evening meal provided by Georgian Shores Catering.

In the afternoon, the music tent will feature a new album release by local group Ariko; other artists will entertain the crowds throughout the day, until 4:30 p.m.

The pièce de résistance after such a long absence remains Le grand hurlement – a great Howling Good Time from 7 p.m. onward, in the pavilion.

The children's howling competition starts off the evening on the MonAvenir stage, followed by Pourquoi Pas? a band from Casselman who will get the crowd dancing followed by Ottawa ensemble Le Diable à 5!

The festival comes to a close in the shade of the community centre Sunday morning with a brunch, courtesy of Centre Colibri.

For more information about the festival or online wolf auction, click here.