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top tent to keep the rain off spectators as well.

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in Upper Ferry. Mr. Aucoin said a lot of hard work went into preparing for the first year.

the spring of 1982, Mr. Aucoin helped form the Codroy Valley Fiddler's Association. That group had been toying with the idea of a folk festival. The local Lions club, now defunct, also wanted to help start a folk festival in the valley.

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"It has promoted the music of the area," he said. "People from away, they can't get over the talent."

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Although ballads and recitations were common enough at family gathering or kitchen parties years ago, Mrs. Brownrigg said it was Mr. Downey who got up in public venues and Omega Seamaster Professional Ceramic shared them with generations of valley residents.

The permanent stage has a roof and flush toilets. There are more flush toilets at the other end of the venue, and a big Omega Watches Pictures

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It has been that way from the start. Joe Aucoin served as chair of the organizing committee for over 20 years. He remembers getting ready for the first festival in 1982.

This year's festival will be dedicated to Jerome Downey, now in his late 80s, for preserving Scottish and local folk traditions that might have otherwise been lost.

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In later years they tried setting up on the soccer pitch but now the festival has found a permanent home on the foundation of an old arena.

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Patsy Brownrigg, chair of the festival, said Mr. Downey carried on a lot of the traditional songs, ballads and recitations.

"We had to build a stage, get a port a potties, build dance floors and a canteen."

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"You talk to people in St. John's and they ask, 'Who's your headliner?' said Mrs. Brownrigg. "We don't do that. We focus on the locals. Every year someone new gets up."

A wealth of local talent including performers such as Mr. Downey has enabled the Codroy Valley Folk Festival to showcase local talent almost exclusively for three decades.

Mr. Aucoin said there were a few years when it appeared as if the folk festival might go by the wayside, but people always rallied to make it happen. Now he sees it as stronger than ever.

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"Right from the start, my idea was to get people out of the woodwork who could perform," he said. "There were people who got on the stage who would've never got on the stage if we hadn't asked."

´╗┐Codroy Valley Folk Festival celebrates 30th anniversary this weekend

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