St. John Valley

Company’s donation helps fund Acadian Festival

MADAWASKA, Maine — NorState Federal Credit Union officials support local community events in many communities throughout Aroostook County, and the Acadian Festival in Madawaska, now entering its 42nd year, is one event the company has proudly sponsored for many years.

The Acadian Festival is the largest cultural event in Maine that celebrates French-Acadians who have settled on the American/Canadian shores along the St. John River Valley. Traditional foods, music, historical and cultural displays, fanfare and festivities, along with reunions of founding families, make this event successful year after year.

Local business and people support the success of this festival and its organizing committee. NorState recently donated $1,500 to support the cultural event.

Chris Braley, president of the Acadian Festival committee, said sponsors like NorState and business owners, along with people who so generously support their fundraisers and town appropriations, make the festival possible. The annual event costs approximately $45,000 plus.

Along with sponsorship, NorState also participates in the Acadian Festival ongoing festivities and parade, and contributes toward the family reunion and other events scheduled during the festival.

Braley credits his committee for working hard year round to assure that Madawaska and surrounding communities can enjoy a summertime festival in the heart of the St. John Valley.

This year’s Acadian Festival is scheduled for Aug. 15 through Aug. 18.

Anyone may donate to the festival. Drop donations off at any NorState location addressed to Mindy Braley’s attention.

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