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Third annual Festival au Galop to be held in support of ALS


PHOTO BY LAUREN MITCHELL

(Left to right between signs): PJ Stock, Honourary President for the 2017 Festival au Galop, Isabelle Salvas General Director of Promutuel AssuranceVaudreuil-Soulanges, District 4 Councillor Marc-André Esculier, District 5 Councillor Serge David, Mayor Robert Grimaudo, District 6 Councillor Richard Nataf, District 2 Councillor Pamela Tremblay, District 3 Councillor Brigitte Asselin, and District 1 Councillor Lise Jolicoeur, proudly announce the 3rd annual Festival au Galop for the town of Saint-Lazare in support of collection of funds for the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Foundation.

The town of Saint-Lazare welcomes back its 3rd annual Festival au Galop happening this weekend July 8 and 9. The two days are packed with activities, all for free with the exception of the fair featuring rides and games of skill. Families are encouraged to come participate in their many activities and to bring donations for the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Foundation. Former Canadiens’ hockey player PJ Stock is the 2017 honourary president for this year’s event, and the illness of ALS has affected him personally within the past year.

“The link for me being here is ALS,” said Stock. “I lost my brother just recently, in September of last year, to a battle with ALS. I know there are a million other great charities that are out there and a lot of other people dealing with other issues, but it’s hard to put in proper words to say thank you that you’ve chosen ALS as the cause for this year. It means a lot to our family and our community. Hopefully no family in the future will have to go through what we went through because we are working to find a cure. Thank you for choosing me, thank you for choosing ALS, and thank you for making this weekend special. Looking forward to being a part of it.”

The weekend festivities will take place in two different locations, some at Bédard Parc and some at 3100 Montée-Saint-Lazare. Activities will include equestrian shows, a performance by COW BOYS de Québec Issime, two family shows for 1 to 6-year-olds, a cultural fair, arts workshop, equestrian workshops, an equestrian fair, lots of food, and much more.

“This is the third time that I’ve had the honour of doing this,” said Pamela Tremblay, Festival Ambassador and municipal councillor for the town of Saint-Lazare. “We will offer you all an extraordinary festival with even more activities, with a lot more variety, and everything is free just like previous years. We will have big shows, we will have country music where we can sing and dance. These will be amazing moments within our program.”

A fair with kid-friendly rides will be situated at Bédard Parc on July 8 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bracelets for the fairgrounds can be purchased online before the weekend for either one or two days.

For more information about the events and schedule for Festival au Galop consult their website at augalop.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/activities/

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