FREDERICTON (GNB) – Eleven regional heritage fairs are taking place throughout New Brunswick in April and May.

"Heritage fairs give our youth an opportunity to celebrate their shared heritage with others," said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Trevor Holder. "This program provides an avenue for extending the reach of our heritage resources to those who will be our future leaders. I encourage all New Brunswickers to attend the regional heritage fair in their area, to learn from our youth about our history as New Brunswickers and to enjoy celebrating the New Brunswick way of life, together."

From among 165 participating schools, students will present hands-on, multimedia presentations about the people, legends, milestones and achievement of those who have lived and served before us.

“The heritage fairs are a great way for New Brunswick students to learn more about the rich cultural heritage we all share in our communities and province,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr. “I encourage all New Brunswickers to support their local fair and expand their knowledge of our history of resilience and strength as a province.  New Brunswick is a place where generations have shown that perseverance is behind our motto:  Hope restored.”

The fairs are intended to provide an innovative learning opportunity for social studies students wishing to study their provincial and national history. Students are recognized by New Brunswick's heritage community for their contributions to learning about the past.

Awards will be presented to students at each fair. One student project will be selected at each fair to represent his or her school district at the provincial showcase, which will take place June 21-23 at the Centre des congrès de la Péninsule Acadienne in Shippagan.

The fairs are being held on the following dates:

●    April 30 – District scolaire francophone sud – École Donat-Robichaud, Cap-Pelé.
●    May 1 – School District Anglophone North – Superior Middle School, Bathurst.
●    May 1 – School District Anglophone South – Kings Valley Wesleyan Church, Quispamsis.
●    May 1 – School District Anglophone West – Marshal D'Avray Hall, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.
●    May 4 – District scolaire francophone nord-ouest – Musée historique du Madawaska, Edmundston.
●    May 8 – School District Anglophone East – Albert County Museum, Hopewell Cape.
●    May 8-9 – District scolaire francophone nord-est – Carrefour de la mer, Caraquet.
●    May 9 – School District Anglophone South – New Brunswick Museum, Saint John.

Three fairs have already been held:

●    District scolaire francophone nord-est – École La Mosaïque du Nord, Balmoral.
●    School District Anglophone South – Blacks Harbour Elementary School, Blacks Harbour.
●    Independent schools – Fundamental Baptist Church, Saint John.

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