RIVIÈRE-DU-NORD (GNB) – Current and former employees of the Village Historique Acadien took part in the historic site's 35th anniversary reunion on Saturday, Sept. 8.

A tree was planted to commemorate the 35 years the site has been in existence and all those who have worked there.

The village estimates that more than 1,500 employees have worked in its various activity sectors since 1977.  Of that number, seven people are still in its employ, including Louise Lagacé, curator of textiles, who has spent 37 years at the historic site.

"We have come a long way," said Lagacé. "From the beginning, even before the village opened, a lot of us were involved in creating, dreaming about, and imagining what the site would look like. Today, with more than 60 buildings and hundreds of costumes and employees, we sometimes find it hard to believe how big it is."

Gabriel LeBreton, acting executive director of the Village Historique Acadien, said that it is important for an institution like the village to pay tribute to and thank all those who built the site and brought it to life.

"The Village Historique Acadien was conceived and constructed by a small group of people in the greater Caraquet area, and the whole community breathed life into it by visiting the site and working there," he said. "After 35 seasons of activity, we had to hold a reunion to collectively remember the road travelled. The Village Historique Acadien is a part of the lives of many residents of the Acadian Peninsula."

The 35th anniversary celebrations of the Village Historique Acadien will come to an end with the Agricultural Fair, to be held Sept. 15 and 16. This is popular event has been attracting thousands of visitors for the past 35 years.


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