TRURO - The Acadian Games are returning to Truro this spring.
The games are for students in Grades 5 to 11 who attend Francophone schools throughout the province under the Francophone school board (Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial). The event began in Moncton about 30 years ago and this is only the second time they have been hosted in Truro. The last time was three years ago and this year's festivities will take place from May 17 to 19 with sports and cultural events being held at various schools in Truro and Bible Hill. Students will, for the most part, use the Nova Scotia Community College and Bible Hill Junior High School for accommodations.
Anne Bastarache, principal of Ecole acadienne de Truro, and a local co-ordinator, said it's important to have this opportunity in Truro again.
"It's so important to have students come together and to highlight that we do have a huge Francophone community. It's good to remind people that we have a French school here and we had lots of positive comments from the last one," said Bastarache, adding the local economy got a boost as well when hotels were booked and visitors shopped here and ate at local restaurants.
This year's Acadian Games will feature a cultural musical competition, dance, badminton, volleyball, basketball, mini handball, tennis, softball and soccer. Bastarache anticipates about 800 students will participate with 200 coaches and chaperones. Winners from the games, representing the Atlantic provinces, will advance to the finals in Yarmouth, from June 29 to July 3.
Because of the magnitude of the event and the number of people it includes, an estimated 100 volunteers will be required to help serve meals, sort garbage, clean, work in the kitchen, provide first aid, etc.