A few drops of rain did nothing to stop locals from enjoying the Fête Nationale. Activities celebrating the annual St-Jean-Baptiste holiday took place in Saint-Anicet and Franklin on June 24, where diverse activities kept families revelling into the night. The Cercle des Loisirs de Cazaville hosted the party in Saint-Anicet. While the grillades were frying, children lined up to have their faces painted before bouncing out some energy on the inflatable games. The band Les Pops took to the stage at 8 p.m.
In Franklin, a full day of activities included inflatable games, a drawing contest, face painting, and a strongman (and woman and children) competition. The event also included the inauguration of a series of interactive games painted onto the pavement by local artist Audrée Bourdeau. This was followed by the traditional homage to the flag and patriotic speeches. The evening featured live music by duo Steve Barber and Caro, followed by a magnificent fireworks display. (SR)