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The 17th Annual Solstice FestivalJune 23 & 24, 2017

Festival History

We have had several accomplishments since the birth of the Summer Solstice Festival d'été which started in June 2000. Here is a little overview of how the festival has evolved.

2013

For the second time in the festival's history, the 2013 Solstice Festival was moved indoors due to poor weather conditions. The morning started with sunshine so the Street Fair, which included businesses and artisans, remained on Main Street until the early afternoon. The parade quickly zipped through before the rains came down! The kids activities and main stage events were held in the arena, keeping everyone warm and dry. Performers included The Prairie Ramblers, Belle Plaine, Descalso, Scott Richmond & The Flatland Players, Chris Culgin, Kyssi Wète and Washboard Union. It was a great weekend of food, music and fun!

2012

In 2012, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the International Food & Music Festival! We also celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Les Fransaskois en Saskatchewan! We added more excitement to the Festival by having a Parade and Pancake Breakfast. It was a wonderful weekend of great food, great music and great fun!

2011

For the first time in the festival's history, the 2011 Solstice Festival was moved indoors due to poor weather conditions. Despite the contingency plan, the event was very successful and well attended, especially considering other outdoor festivals were cancelled altogether.

2010

Our 10th Anniversary! Solstice weekend began with the Soltoberfest International Food & Music Festival. This included a German Polka Band and specially ordered 10th Anniversary Beer Steins! The Chorale Plaines de Gospel Choir performed at the Co-Cathedral Sunday afternoon... the perfect way to end the weekend.

2009

In 2009, the organizing committee increased exposure to local artists and artists by the introduction of a free venue, CFRG 93.1 Open Mic.

2008

In 2008 there was the addition of Heritage Skits depicting Gravelbourg in the 1930's.

2007

In 2007 free venues were established to increase accessibility and participation.

2006

In 2006, the Solstice Festival provided the first three days of events for the Town of Gravelbourg Centennial's ten days of celebrations.

2004 & 2005

In 2004 and 2005, the festival incorporated the "Imagination Market" and "Magical Earth Secrets" presented by Cynthia Wells Production.

2003

In 2003, a set of Bylaws were formally adopted by the festival board of directors. A semi-permanent outdoor musical stage with weatherproof covering was built and purchased.

2002

In 2002, cross cultural programming elements were added to the festival with a multicultural food and music event and workshops hosted on Saturday for both children and adults.

2001

In 2001, a five year Strategic Plan was developed and adopted.

2000

In 2000, as a first year event, our primary goal was simply to see it successfully executed without any major problems – which was achieved. Extensive positive word of mouth set the stage for our second year.