By Michael Boriero
The Val-des-Sources Slackfest will be back in full force this year, after the town held a limited festival in 2021 to accommodate Quebec’s health and safety measures.
The festival will take place on July 29 and 30. And for its fourth edition, Slackfest has turned its focus this summer to creating a welcoming and friendly environment for beginners, intermediates and advanced slackline athletes, according to coordinator Isabelle Lodge.
“It’s free and our main objective this year is to make it accessible, to have people of all ages and to have the courage to try it, so there will be lines very close to the ground and some trainers to allow people to be initiated to the sport,” she told The Record in a phone interview.
There will also be a competition, a staple at the festival. Lodge said they have established different categories for women, men, and amateurs to create a level playing field for every participant. She anticipates to see roughly 5,000 visitors throughout the two-day event.
The festival takes place near the town’s old mining territory, however, it has since been designated as Place de la Traversée, a park inaugurated at the end of the last summer with permanent fixtures for weekend markets, artisans, and visitors passing through the town.
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