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Island Fest brings baseball tourney, music, ribfest

The Island Fest in Chapeau featured tons of live music, as well as activities organized by the Pontiac Ouest Fire Department, Chapeau Lions, and many other local businesses. From left: Volunteers Braden Leroux, Adrianna Leroux, organizer Claudia Gleason, volunteers Abram Gleason and Tyler Morris help out at the kids’ zone.
Island Fest took over Allumettes Island this weekend, with the addition of Friday night activities to keep the fun going longer. From left: Logan Bell, tethered to the back wall, attempts a slam dunk, while Dawson Bell watches.

Donald Teuma-Castelletti
CHAPEAU Aug. 24-25, 2018
The party on Allumettes Island returned last weekend, extending from a one day event into two and featuring tons of local talent in many forms.
For the first time, as well, the annual Island Fest was organized in part by the Pontiac Ouest summer student, Claudia Gleason, who was entirely new to the process.
“I was surprised at how many people were willing to help out,” said Gleason. “They’ve been great at volunteering and sponsoring us.”
A communications and media student from Carleton University, Gleason first began working with Pontiac Ouest in June, as she was hired on to help with their website and the festival.
She credits the willingness of her co-workers and volunteers to help out with all the different parts as leading to another successful festival, especially when she has very little organizational under her belt before starting in this position.

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