Sept. 14, 2009
RIVIÈRE-DU-NORD (CNB) - The three-millionth visitor to the Village Historique Acadien was welcomed on Saturday, Sept. 12.
The Breau-Lanteigne family from Saint-Sauveur was welcomed by village general manager Clarence LeBreton at the main entrance, where they received prizes worth $1,000, a lifetime pass to the village, and a painting titled Le Four à pain, from local artist Luc Dugas.
Stéphane Breau and Lise Lanteigne and their four young girls were happy and grateful for the surprise.
"We come every year to visit, and every time is a great experience that we enjoy very much," said Lanteigne. "We were here yesterday, and had so much fun that we decided to come back today."
LeBreton said that he is pleased with the support that the village has received from the local population and surrounding areas.
"This site would not be what it is today without its family of mover than 200 employees," said LeBreton.
More than 6,500 people attended the agricultural fair held at the village this past weekend, which represented an attendance record the event. Since the site opened in 1977, an average of slightly more 90,000 people have come annually from around the world to learn more about the history of the Acadians.
One of the most authentic historic sites in North America, and winner of the Phoenix Award, the Village Historique Acadien has more than 40 original buildings staffed by interpreters who bring ancestral customs and traditional trades back to life.
Over the years, the village has become one of the most valuable references of Acadian material culture. Visitors can relive the daily tasks and activities of an earlier time, and also observe nature on a protected site of more than 960 hectares (2,400 acres).
MEDIA CONTACT: Myriam Léger, public relations officer, Village Historique Acadien, 506-726-2600.