News Local

Coming up: Kapuskasing Lumberjack Festival

By Kyle Lincez, The Northern Times

The Trews will be headlining this year's Lumberjack Heritage Festival.

The Trews will be headlining this year's Lumberjack Heritage Festival.

Kapuskasing's premiere summer time event is fast approaching as the 18th annual Lumberjack Heritage Festival is set to begin on July 21.


This year's festival begins with a few changes, said event organizer Kelly Kraby.

“This year we're not doing a parade,” she said. “The park will be open at 5, so the vendors will be open.”


She said that the opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 at the stage's new location where the inflatables were last year.


“We're going to be doing a small celebration for the 150th anniversary,” said Kraby. “We're going to be honouring our honorary lumberjack Olivier Vermette. Even the Knights of Columbus will be there in their regalia. We want to involve a lot of the groups in our community.”


After that, Kraby said, the entertainment begins.


“Our Friday night Party in the Park has Kickback Tracii, a band from Cochrane that does cover songs alongside original music, as well as Estelle Dechamps and the RoadRyders, and we're excited, it'll be buzzing in the park before the finale with the fireworks.”


Saturday's major highlight is its musical lineup for the evening concert featuring The Trews and Bleeker.


“We're staying away from tribute bands this year, so we've got the Trews an awesome Canadian band, and it's really cool that we have them in light of our 150th anniversary for Canada.” Kraby said. “As well we have Bleeker, a new up-and-coming band from Orillia, so they're the special guest for us on Saturday night. We're really hoping to pack the Sports Palace.”

But the fun doesn't stop there, as Saturday will also see the park be host to a variety of activities.


“One of the biggest things that we have coming is Beauce Carnaval,” she detailed. “So thats a popular midway company that will be bringing ten to twelve rides that will be set up on Riverside drive in front of the Civic Centre and the OPP.”

She said that the addition of the carnival will be something fun for people of all ages to have a blast at.


The Great Canadian Lumberjack show will be presenting three shows down in the lower bay on the Saturday, while the cross fit and amateur competitions make a return appearance.


“We're expecting around six teams this year,” Kraby said on the subject of the amateur competition. “We're bringing them up where it used to be in the park, and we're going to have Gilbert Couture as an emcee for the competition. So he's going to be talking during the competition and make it more lively.”


Also coming this year will be helicopter rides, voyager canoe rides, and more, such as the Science North exhibit, and Little Ray's Nature Centre featuring a variety of wildlife.


“There'll be action all over the place.”


Other activities will also be returning such as the Lumberjack Camp and Sawmill, antique displays, rope making, the car and truck show, and inflatables for the children.


Kraby said that this year will also see more vendors in the park for a wider variety of food.


The cost for entry into the park will again be a $5 fee for the weekend.


“If you show up on any of the days, you can pay to get in and then get a bracelet that will be good for the entire weekend,” she said. “However the rides at Beauce Carnival will have additional costs for the tickets for the rides.”

For those seeking tickets for the concerts, Kraby said that they can be found online, at the Kapuskasing Welcome Centre, Circle Confectionary, and at the Namaste Studio.

“We don't want people to miss out on the chance to see these great musicians.”