From June 9 to 12, 2022, the 20th Cheval Festival will take place on the grounds adjacent to the Paul-de-la-Sablonnière Sports Center in Princeville. Yesterday the organization excitedly presented the program live from Laquerre Chryster in Victoriaville, a permanent partner of the event.
True to their traditions, horses and equestrian activities will be in the spotlight. First of all, we note the return of the Vivaco tent at the entrance to the site. The festival is very proud to continue to present two professional rodeos from the Quebec Rodeo Team (ERQ) on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, starting at 20:00 (both nights), 4D barrel competition from the Chaudières Regional Equestrian Complex – Appalachians. The Association (AREWCA), represented by Laquerre Chrysler, will also take place on June 10, 11 and 12. A little new this year, the Derby, a horse-drawn carriage race, will be presented on Sunday 12 June starting at 13:00 at the Excavation Bois-Francs carousel.
As for the show, under the large Chapiteau Desjardins you will be presented with more than a celebratory program. On Thursday evening, June 9 at 7:30 pm, the group Hommage aux Colocs will open the festivities to make way, later at 9:30 pm, to Sarah Dufour, an artist from Lac-Saint-Jean who will surprise many with her ardor and her way of getting crowds up.
On Friday evening, June 10, starting at 19:30, Caro Lorando will warm up the visitors of the festival. Then, at 9:00 pm, René Hamel will get the crowd singing with his impressive repertoire, before making way for the popular Matt Lang, country music star in Quebec, starting at 10:30 pm, who will no doubt set up the Desjardins Marquee. At the end of the evening, PA Lemay invites you to dance to several Quebec and American hits until the morning.
From early Saturday evening there will be many music shows under Chapiteau Desjardins with the arrival of local band Dark Whiskey, who will be our ‘house band’ accompanying Kenneth Saulnier from 4pm. , SV Ray, Ghys Mongeon, Les Elements and Martin Duford. Also at 22:00, the dynamic local duo Brothers and Sun will entertain the public. It is also with great pride and pleasure that this year’s Cheval Festival welcomes Black Jack Billy, a Nashville-based band that is making a splash throughout the North American continent as well as garnering millions of plays across the network. . To end the day in style, the duo Brothers and Sun are back to thrill the crowd to the sound of the greatest hits.
In addition, a folk and country concert will be presented under Chapiteau Desjardins starting at 12:30 pm on Sunday 12 June.
But it’s not just music at the Cheval Festival! The traditional Friday dinner of the Regional Discovery Soup is getting a makeover this year with a new and improved version of The Ribs and Rodeo Souper unveiled by Olymel on Friday, June 10th. A simple and delicious Western-inspired menu will allow guests to enjoy ribs with an all-you-can-eat salad bar on a 5 to 7 formula, as well as privileged access to the 8 p.m. rodeo. More than sixty companies of the region will take part in the exhibition. Feel free to contact Cheval Festival Organization if you are interested in purchasing a table for your business – (819) 357-0091 or email [email protected]
Saturday 11 June will be a busy day at the Cheval Festival. Doors to the site will open early and several artisans and stalls will be available. The arena will host various equestrian events starting at 8 am. The presentation of the traditional Grande Parade Gaston Roy will take place at the beginning of the day. Several riders and their horses take part in this parade, as well as about twenty allegorical carts. Visit the festival website for the official Princeville itinerary. The parade will be followed by the popular horse-drawn Club de Fer à Cheval du Québec in the Excavation Bois-Francs carousel and not to mention all the shows under the Chapiteau Desjardins and dancing under the Vetoquinol tent throughout the day. !
On Sunday, June 12, the Festival is proud to present Hit Country 95.7 Day. This family-friendly day will be available free of charge to the entire population and visitors from across the region. Animation, inflatable games, a farmhouse, small animals, and several eateries and kiosks will operate on site throughout the day as well as over the weekend. Enfouibec Family Zone will be open from Friday to Sunday inclusive. Starting at 10:00 a.m., grab your hat and head to St. Euseb’s Church in Princeville for a new out-of-town mass experience.
Always with the goal of offering an event of choice and accessible to the public, the Festival du Cheval de Princeville offers free entry for people aged 14 and under. All weekend packages (Thursday through Sunday included) are still available for purchase at $50 per person in pre-sale through May 22, after which packages will cost $60 each. Individual “day” rates are as follows: Thursday, June 9, $15; Friday, June 10, $25; Saturday, June 11, $30 and free for everyone on Sunday, June 12. All additional information and the full program of the event can be found in the official poster or on our website. www.festivalducheval.com.