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Yambilee Festival Canceled

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Nearly two months before it was about to begin the plug has been pulled on the Yam Festival. After 66 years of running, it's a major disappointment for the volunteers who work so hard to put it on.

It's been one of the longest-running and touted "best" produce festivals in the state, but this year, the Yambilee will not go on.

 Last week, the festival's board president Yvonne Normand asked the parish council to take over the Yambilee's main building, perhaps as a sign of what was to come.

Normand says participation, or lack thereof, is the main cause of cancellation. 

She says the festival is volunteer- based and after only three of 12 board members showed up at the last meeting, she knew they couldn't put it together in just two months

"It was a matter of volunteers sitting down, saying this is what we're going to get accomplished," said Normand. "But, we didn't have enough of that at the table, so that was the decision."

Even though it is stalled this year, it doesn't mean it's gone for good. They're hoping to have more participation this time, next year.

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