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Royalty crowned at Coulonge carnival

From left: Angie Pilon poses with Sky (Megan Laroche) from Paw Patrol and Poppy (Ève Laroche) from Trolls, who were hanging out with fans at the Centre de Loisir des Draveurs over the weekend.
A magician was just one of the attractions for youngsters at the Fort Coulonge Winter Carnival on Saturday. The event brought out hundreds of people to the Centre de Loisir des Draveurs for a myriad of winter fun.
A hockey tournament was just one of the dozens of activities offered at the Fort Coulonge Winter Carnival over the weekend. Pictured, Mathieu Romain tries to poke the puck away from Stephane Paré.

CALEB NICKERSON
FORT COULONGE
March 15-18, 2018
The parking lot at the Centre de Loisir des Draveurs in Fort Coulonge was packed over the weekend as a group of local volunteers put on the annual Winter Carnival.
Volunteer Lucille Belair explained that the event was a long-standing tradition in the area, but had stopped for almost 20 years.
“It's just a bunch of volunteers that got together six years ago and revived it,” she said, explaining that the money raised goes towards the local arena. “That's what we're trying to do and of course revive the carnival and have something to do in town.”
The cast behind the scenes changes from year to year, but the event is extremely popular, typically grossing roughly $10,000, with a record $18,039 raised in 2014.
Events kicked off on Thursday night with the annual gala, where the crowd said goodbye to the 2017 Carnival Queen, Rhiana Gervais, and welcomed the 2018 nominees. This year’s nominees included Gabrielle Paquin, Victoria Larivière, Ève Laroche, Angélique Pilon-Desrocher and Émilie Ladouceur.

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