The seed was planted when in 2007, the Fournier and Deringer sisters, both families with roots stemming back to Montmartre, but at the time living over 4 western provinces, went on a little road trip. Their destination was The Winnipeg Folk Festival. The six women were overwhelmed by their experience; a weekend of being steeped in music, camaraderie, and culture.
Having recently visited Montmartre Saskatchewan, Marie Anne was inspired to one day bring such a festival to Kemoca Regional Park, adjacent to her hometown. When in 2008 Marie Anne relocated to Montmartre, she called on her old WFF travel companions, and the seedling began to sprout.
In July of 2010, the dream came to fruition with the 1st Annual All Folk’d Up in Montmartre Folk Festival taking place to a small crowd of approximately 350. With community members and old hometown family and friends returning as volunteers, it came together to everyone’s delight.
Now as the festival is going into its 8th year of production the number of performances has increased to over 15 that span various musical genres and styles. The Festival Committee plans on selling over 1000 tickets this year and strives to find innovative ways to promote the wonders of rural Saskatchewan and the incredible talent pool that they have lined up this year.
All in all, life is good. Share the experience!
Don’t forget to bring festival chairs or a blanket, bug spray, rain gear just in case, and sunscreen. There is an outdoor swimming pool in the park. Regular fees apply. There is also a Golf Course and walking trails.
CAMPING: KEMOCA REGIONAL PARK – Phone 306-424-7275 Pool – 306-424-2322
Kemoca Park is a wonderful multi-activity park located right in the community of Montmartre. This regional park has a little something for everyone, whether it’s swimming, golfing, walking, camping, picnicking, barbecuing, playing baseball and basketball or spending time with the kids on the new play structure. Kemoca Regional Park is open from the May to September. The Park charges a daily entrance fee that is waived with the purchase of an annual regional park sticker, good for all Saskatchewan Regional Parks.
General camping (non-serviced) is available in a beautifully grassed area available at $15.00 per night.
Those who camp have free access to modern bathrooms, showers, a covered picnic area, a walking trail, a 400-metre track, beach volleyball, all baseball diamonds, horseshoe pits, a basketball area and a great children’s playground.
For reservations, campers are requested to phone and have their name put on the camping list so the park knows approximately how many campers are coming. Please call (306)-424-7275 or email email@example.com after April 11, 2016. A one night deposit is required for all campsite reservations. Cancellations to be made seven days prior to date of reservation or deposit will be forfeited.
For more info go to: www.montmartre-sk.com/KemocaPark
The festival offers a kids pavilion which runs in the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday and offers activities such as: face painting, balloon animals, sing-a-long, crafts and water activities when the weather permits. There is no additional fee for this area.
All Folk’d Up has lots of food and things!
We are organizing our food vendors for 2016. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a food vendor for our festival.
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