After two years of suspended activity, the Saint-Tite Western Festival is coming back to life. Nearly 700,000 people are expected in the small municipality of 4000 inhabitants.
Horses in the streets, kiosks, campers; the streets are coming back to life and there were already many visitors on Friday morning, with smiles on their faces.
“We still welcome 650,000 people, there hasn't been any for two years. Me, I think that, easily, one can say that there will be as many people as usual. It also depends on whether the weather is on our side and there, currently, we have beautiful sun which is announced”, explained the president of the 54th Festival, Nadia Moreau.
As every year, the people come from all over Quebec and elsewhere, to the delight of merchants who can find their customers. However, there are fewer of them than before.
“We have already reached 650 permits. There, we are around 500, so it is still good, but what must also be said is that people, with the pandemic, have gone bankrupt. There are also some that it's the question of supplies,” explained the mayor of Saint-Tite, Annie Pronovost, inviting the population to come and take part in the festival.
Visitors in the campsites, they booked as soon as the sanitary measures were lifted.
“It started at the beginning of the week, but I would tell you that yesterday was a good day. He entered over 500 trailers on our land. As you can see, it's still coming in, it's going really well,” said campsite manager Marc-André Moreau.
The first rodeo of the festival will take place on Saturday afternoon.
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