World Acadian Congress panel to begin planning

Posted Aug. 28, 2009, at 8:13 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:42 a.m.

MADAWASKA, Maine — Organizers for the 2014 World Acadian Congress slated to take place in northern Maine, western New Brunswick and southeastern Quebec will begin planning soon after the close of this year’s congress in New Brunswick.

“Attention now turns to planning the fifth World Acadian Congress in our region,” Louise Martin, executive director of the Maine Acadian Heritage Council, said. “Moving forward we will be known to the rest of the world as ‘L’Acadie des terres et forets, Acadians of the lands and forest.’”

The group responsible for the successful site application will hold one final meeting before dissolving and making way for the official organizational committee, which will include representatives from each of the three participating regions.

The 2014 World Acadian Congress marks the first time the event, which historically draws more than 50,000 visitors to the host region, will involve two countries.

“The organizational committee will be looking to work with groups such as the Acadian Festival Committee, historical societies and others to dovetail events throughout the region,” Martin said. “We expect that popular local events such as the Foire Brayonne, Ployes Festival, Muskie Derby and Van Buren Summerfest, among others, will be included in the promotion of the congress.”

Taking place over two weeks in August 2014, the congress will include academic, cultural, sporting and entertainment events.

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