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French-Canadian festival returns to Huot

Fiddler Michael Audette returns to the Chautauqua and French-Canadian-Metis Festival to perform Saturday and Sunday. Audette is a fiddle champion from Manitoba.


What: The Chautauqua and French-Canadian-Metis Festival

When: Aug. 22 to 24. Friday’s event starts at 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s events start at 11 a.m.

Where: Old Crossing and Treaty Park in Huot, Minn.

Cost: Admission is free.

Info: 218-289-8889 or 218-253-2270

Huot will have a little taste of French-Canadian culture this weekend.

The 33rd annual Chautauqua and French-Canadian-Metis Festival will take place this weekend at the Old Crossing and Treaty Park. Admission to the festival is free.

The festival features champion fiddler Michael Audette, the French-Canadian band Ca Claque and author and historian Ted Stone. The event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with Michael Audette kicking off the performances at 1 p.m. both days.

The event is designed to create understanding of the French heritage through the arts and humanities, said Jerry Amiot, treasurer of the Association of the French of the North, the group that organizes the event.

“We really want to reinforce in minds how important the role of French-Canadians had in this area,” Amiot said.

The event has grown considerably over the past few years, he added. Amiot said despite last year’s warm temperatures, the festival still saw a near record crowd of several hundred people. He said there are not many festivals celebrating the contributions of the French-Canadians in the area outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

This year, there will be a few new activities, including an education tent featuring local artists. Those artists will showcase specific crafts, such as looming, wool spinning and bread making.

“I think that will be a really neat addition,” Amiot said. “It’ll allow people to see how artists do their craft.”

The festival will also have a silent auction on both Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the event is free, although Amiot says a donation to the Association of the French of the North is encouraged.

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Wade Rupard

Wade Rupard is a reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. Rupard is a 2014 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and is originally from Normal, Ill. 

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