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Duck festival in Eastern Townships offers up lots of family entertainment

The 20th edition of the Brome Lake Duck Festival will celebrate the duck in all its forms as well as spotlight agro tourism in the Eastern Townships.

The two consecutive weekends, Sept. 19 & 20 and Sept. 26 & 27, will be packed with gourmet goodness as approximately 40 exhibitors will be on site offering everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheese, wines, maple products, pottery, handmade crafts and jewelry, and other products.

There will also be a wide selection of duck dishes including duck fillets and terrines, duck dogs, foie gras, cassoulet and smoked duck breast conserves offered by several exhibitors. There will be a lot of “street food” available as well.

Family-friendly activities include live music and a children’s corner with a petting zoo, face painting and crafts.

On the last Sunday of the festival, thousands of plastic ducks will be dumped into Mill Pond where they will travel over the falls and make their way to the Maple St. Bridge during the traditional duck race. The owners of the first ducks to “swim” across the finish line will be rewarded with prizes. Tickets are $2 and the proceeds are shared with Yamaska Valley Optimist Club, which helps children and families in need.

The festival itself is free, but there are fees for some activities (for example, decorating a cookie costs $2, games $1).

For more information, call 450-242-2870 or visit canardenfete.ca.

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