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1 Festival du Voyageur on Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:52 am

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Is anyone planning on going? I am thinking about taking my kids, I haven't been to Festival in many years.

Here is the link if anyone is interested.


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2 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:54 am

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Had some really good memories as a kid going to Festival with my french immersion classmates. Your kids will have a good time.

3 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:56 am

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I've never been. And, won't likely this year either.


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4 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:00 am

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What??? You're not going to get drunk in a beer garden and watch guys grow beards? lol

5 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:38 am

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grumpy old man wrote:I've never been. And, won't likely this year either.

Last time I attended Festival was in elementary school. I don't remember much about it...it seems like a good family activity.


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6 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:09 am

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I'll be there this afternoon and going to see Les Artisans in the evening.

http://dineoutwinnipeg.tumblr.com/

7 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:04 am

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unfortunately I just found out this year that they are doing the beard growing competition... after I shaved.

sigh. could have so easily won the messiest most unkempt beard award.


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8 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:13 am

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Nah. rosen has that over you hands down. It is simply no contest.


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9 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:31 pm

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Is there anything to do at the Festival?

I noticed that admission is $12/person but I have no idea what you can do there other than go to a beer garden and watch Francophone singers and bands at a variety of venues.

Is there anything for kids to do?

10 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:35 pm

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Not really sure what is available for the kiddies at Festival. We didn't end up going yesterday, we took the kiddies to see a movie instead.


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11 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:25 pm

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The button is only $5 for kids, so it's usually a very popular outing. Buttons (or macarons in French) get you into the festival all week. Popular kids' destinations are the snow hill for climbing and the toboggan run (they provide toboggans and inner tubes for a hill). You can visit Fort Gibraltar, watch the dog sled races, and go in the snow labyrinth. There's a $3 horse-drawn wagon ride (cheaper for kids, I think). Then there's all the music and food (maple sugar taffy is really popular with kids of all ages).

The fun is what you make of it.

By the way, $12 is just a day pass. You'll need the voyageur button ($20) to get into most of the shows around the city. Some have an additional charge.

http://dineoutwinnipeg.tumblr.com/

12 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:44 am

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$12 sounds like quite a rip-off for pretty much nothing.

The admission to the Calgary Stampede is $12 and there is far more to see and do.

13 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:15 am

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there are historical reenactments, each building has actors protraying people from the past. There are alot more then Fracophone singers.
Jigging, fiddling, Beard growing, then there is the"ultimate vouageur" contest.

But the many many many concerts are one of the significant highlights to be sure.


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14 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:55 pm

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It's twelve dollars fer cherrissts sake.


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15 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:05 pm

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Deank wrote:there are historical reenactments, each building has actors protraying people from the past. There are alot more then Fracophone singers.
Jigging, fiddling, Beard growing, then there is the"ultimate vouageur" contest.

But the many many many concerts are one of the significant highlights to be sure.

That would be nice if all of those things happened around the same time. However a lot of the events are spread out over the entire week and at different times of the day.

So for my wife and I its $24 to see some historical reenactments and if we are lucky, catch one of the fiddling and/or jigging contests.

Not worth the money IMO.

Not to mention the fact that the majority of it is outside in February in Winnipeg.

16 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:09 pm

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Heavy sigh...

Made your day eh sput? An opportunity to a) slag Winnipeg and 2) tell us how superior a Calgary event is.

Maybe now that you're back you can save us hicks from ourselves and turn Winnipeg into the same super-power-city that you turned Calgary into while living there...


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17 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:12 pm

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sputnik wrote:$12 sounds like quite a rip-off for pretty much nothing.

The admission to the Calgary Stampede is $12 and there is far more to see and do.

I found the Calgary Stampede to be super boring. I yawn thinking about it!


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18 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:13 pm

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I just don't understand what makes Le Festival worth the time or money.

Just seems like an event that really doesn't warrant the hefty admission price.

19 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:15 pm

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sputnik wrote:I just don't understand what makes Le Festival worth the time or money.

Just seems like an event that really doesn't warrant the hefty admission price.

Why not go and check it out and then you can judge whether or not it is worth it. I didn't end up going and doubt I will.


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20 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:17 pm

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Goth_chic wrote:
sputnik wrote:$12 sounds like quite a rip-off for pretty much nothing.

The admission to the Calgary Stampede is $12 and there is far more to see and do.

I found the Calgary Stampede to be super boring. I yawn thinking about it!

So what did you do when you went to the Stampede?

I find that most Winnipeggers compare the Stampede to the RREx because they have no idea what other events are a part of the Stampede. Most of my Winnipeg friends never checked out the Rodeo, Chuckwagon races, Grandstand show, the vendors in the Corral, Indian Village, the agricultural exhibitions and contests, the numerous bands on the Coke stage or Nashville North.

Most just wandered around the Conklin Midway and then left claming it was "boring".

21 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:18 pm

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sputnik wrote:I just don't understand what makes Le Festival worth the time or money.

Just seems like an event that really doesn't warrant the hefty admission price.
I've never been. That means I'm not qualified to judge.

Hefty price tag? It's twelve dollars fer Christ's sake. Someone said $20 get's ya in all week?


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22 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:19 pm

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Goth_chic wrote:
sputnik wrote:I just don't understand what makes Le Festival worth the time or money.

Just seems like an event that really doesn't warrant the hefty admission price.

Why not go and check it out and then you can judge whether or not it is worth it. I didn't end up going and doubt I will.

I probably won't. Many of the people I know who have gone have already complained that it wasn't worth the $12.

I just want to know from others what makes it worth the money.

My wife is new to Winnipeg (grew up in Calgary) and was wondering if it was worth going to.

23 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:21 pm

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grumpy old man wrote:
sputnik wrote:I just don't understand what makes Le Festival worth the time or money.

Just seems like an event that really doesn't warrant the hefty admission price.
I've never been. That means I'm not qualified to judge.

Hefty price tag? It's twelve dollars fer Christ's sake. Someone said $20 get's ya in all week?

$24 for 2 people to check wander around for 30 minutes seems pretty steep.

I am giving people the chance to tell me the best things to do at Le Festival.

Let's say I am going to go on Saturday and check it out for 3-4 hours between 4-8pm. What should I do?

24 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:25 pm

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sputnik wrote:
Goth_chic wrote:
sputnik wrote:$12 sounds like quite a rip-off for pretty much nothing.

The admission to the Calgary Stampede is $12 and there is far more to see and do.

I found the Calgary Stampede to be super boring. I yawn thinking about it!

So what did you do when you went to the Stampede?

I find that most Winnipeggers compare the Stampede to the RREx because they have no idea what other events are a part of the Stampede. Most of my Winnipeg friends never checked out the Rodeo, Chuckwagon races, Grandstand show, the vendors in the Corral, Indian Village, the agricultural exhibitions and contests, the numerous bands on the Coke stage or Nashville North.

Most just wandered around the Conklin Midway and then left claming it was "boring".

I am not into stampedes, to be honest I find it to be cruel to animals. I found it to be no more exciting then the ex. Now Disneyland was exciting as was Knotts Berry Farm.


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25 Re: Festival du Voyageur on Tue Feb 16, 2010 1:34 pm

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Here are some reasons why I feel the Stampede is cruel and barbaric. Calf-roping causes tears in neck musculature, crushed trachea, broken ribs and more. Calves are encouraged to run out of the chute through some tail twisting...Bull-riding and bronco-busting occur through the inducement of these animals to buck and twist their bodies in a desperate attempt to 'unseat' the 'irritant' on its back — through the use of hand-held cattle prods, or 'hotshots', that cause an intense pain as the electricity zaps it, just prior to the chute opening for it to go rushing out... Injuries include the hyper-extending of their backs, broken bones and limbs, dislocations, etc. The bottom line here, is that the Calgary Stampede's animal-based events are outdated remnants of a past that never was. They are cruel, with horrific consequences awaiting the animals fated to be a part of the travesty.


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