Close to 300,000 people came out to Hawrelak Park over the long weekend to take in the 41st Heritage Festival.
Organizers say that’s a good attendance number, considering half of Saturday was lost due to a storm.
“It was a good turnout, consider the challenges with the weather,” says the Festival’s Deborah Forst. “We are really a weather dependent festival. Having to shut down early on the first day and rain on the second day, we were a bit concerned. But the sun came out and the people came out on the third day.”
Monday turned out to be one of the highest attended single days in Heritage Festival history, with nearly 135,000 visitors.
One thing organizers would like to expand on for next year is the Norquest Express mini-train.
“Kids and families really loved it and it was a nice option for seniors and people with mobility issues, so I think we’re going to look at expanding that a little bit farther,” says Forst.
Another aspect organizers would like to expand for next year is the amount of Nations and pavilions at the festival.
“The newcomers, Puerto Rico, had an amazing pavilion,” says Forst. “The centre for newcomers with Barbados, Togo, Syria, Burundi and Mali all made for a great vibe at the south end of the park, and we’re thrilled with the response to that pavilion.” tl/efmb/rk