The 20th Festival du Cheval de Princeville will take place from 9 to 12 June. And after two years of offering a virtual version of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers are happy to return to the festival, where everyone is invited in person, in the area adjacent to the Paul de la Sabloniere sports center.
Thus, horses and equestrianism, as usual, will be in the spotlight. Check out the return of the racing tent as well as the presentation of two professional rodeos provided by the Rodéo du Québec team on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th at 20:00. Moreover, his representative Joey Tardif, during the presentation of the program, indicated that this would be the first traveling rodeo in Princeville of the year. “Brace yourselves, there will be cowboys,” he said.
A 4D barrel competition is also scheduled for June 10, 11 and 12 organized by the Chaudière-Appalachian Regional Equestrian Association (AREWCA). And as a novelty, festival visitors will be able to participate in derby competitions, horse-drawn cart races. This will happen on Sunday, June 12 at 13:00 in the carousel.
The festival also offers an artistic program. Indeed, several shows will be presented under the big top dome. For example, on Thursday 9 June at 19:30 Hommage aux Colocs will open the celebrations, and at 21:30 Sarah Dufour, an artist from Lac-Saint-Jean, will perform and stir up the audience. Friday night, place at Karo Laurendeau from 19:30 and then René Hamel and his impressive repertoire. Will follow popular Matt Lang, Quebec country star. At the end of the evening, PA Lemay will enliven the place with great musical hits.
Saturday night will start with a band from the Dark Whiskey region. He will also act as a “house band”, accompanying Kenneth Saulnier, S.W. Ray, Guis Mongeon, Les Elements and Martin Duford. Then at 22:00 the duo (also from the region) Brothers and Sun will perform. The evening will end at 23:00 with Nashville band Black Jack Billy taking the stage. Don’t forget on Sunday, June 12, from 12:30, the folklore and village gala concert, which is also offered under the tent.
As for food, the fans are waiting for, in particular, the traditional Friday dinner dedicated to regional discoveries. The latter has undergone a facelift and is an improved version: Ribs and Rodeo Dinner. It’s actually a simple and delicious western-style menu of unlimited ribs in a 5 to 7 formula, plus privileged access to the 8 p.m. rodeo. At the moment, about sixty enterprises of the region have reserved their place for participation.
On Saturday, people are invited to come to the festival early and appreciate the work of artisans in stands set up for the occasion. The arena will also offer various equestrian entertainment. This will be the day of the traditional parade scheduled to start the day. It is known that it combines several riders and their steeds, as well as about twenty allegorical floats. The arena will be followed by a popular horse pulling competition.
Sunday is family day and everyone has free access. There will be entertainment, inflatable games, a small livestock farm and many other surprises. In addition, a out-of-town mass is scheduled for 10:00 am in the church of St. Evseb.
To offer an affordable event that organizers hope to invite 30,000 people to (as it was before the pandemic), Festival du Cheval is offering free admission for 14-year-olds and under. And for the rest, different packages are available, which are profitable to purchase in pre-sale (until May 22).
The president of the event, Alain Boschin, stressed that he was very pleased with the program, especially after the last two years. “We have been working hard to offer virtual editions but are looking forward to meeting people in June. We’re sure they can’t wait to come back and see the rodeos, shows and the various activities on offer. One thing is for sure, the whole team is ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cheval-de-Princeville Festival, which was originally scheduled to take place in 2020.
For more information, please visit www.festivalducheval.com.