NP-UN Western Bureau.
The arts and culture display at this year’s Ukraine Pavilion at the Edmonton International Heritage Festival was held at Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park August 4-6.
The pavilion was organized under the auspices of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Edmonton Branch, whose president, Orysia Boychuk termed it “a true success”.
“We are very proud to have won first prize in arts and culture pavilion,” she told New Pathway – Ukrainian News. ”Our theme this year included Easter traditions and Christmas traditions. Another main feature in our pavilion included a display of our traditional Ukrainian breads such as korovay, paskas and babkas. What a great team we had which included community organizations such as The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada with their Edmonton Eparchial Museum, Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Alberta Branch and the Ukrainian Women’s Organization of Canada. Thank you team!
“Thank you to all the entertaining performers on stage this year. It was an extraordinary show that was put on which included musicians, singers and dancers.
“Also our delicious cuisine brought in non-stop festival goers. This year we served over 37,000 pyrohy. Thank you to our amazing kitchen crew. Our new menu item included blueberry pyrohy which was a great success.
“Thank you to all the volunteers who came out and made the Ukraine Pavilion a true success. There were 177 volunteer shifts filled, which includes over 1000 hours of donated volunteer time over the weekend! Thank you!
“Thank you to all our community organizations and businesses who helped sponsor this year’s Ukraine Pavilion!” added Boychuk.
Attendance for the three days is estimated to be 345,000.
“The weather on Sunday and Monday couldn’t have been better.” said Jim Gibbon, Executive Director of the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association “We are really thrilled that so many people came out and were able to access the park quickly and easily.”
Gibbon attributes much of the success to the new transportation adjustments made in response to road construction, as well as the increased number of people who came to the Festival by bicycle or on foot.