La Grande Grouille in autumn is a colorful pumpkin festival that usually takes place on the first full weekend in October, that is after the end of our regular season. In 2019, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of La Grande Grouille and received 14,500 visitors to our Botanical Gardens over the space of three and a half days. This festival has become a major activity in the region.
This family festival creates enchantment by placing more than 3000 illuminated pumpkins on all the paths of our gardens. The Botanical Garden is completely transformed with an enthralling decor and plenty of animation. Musical performances are offered every evening; performers entertain throughout the site and games are organized. A very popular element appreciated by the visitors is the presence of circus artists who entertain the crowd in the afternoon and perform fire shows in the evening. There are also many great things to eat on the La Grande Grouille special menu at Café Flora, and to drink including craft beer from Les Brasseurs du Petit Sault and our famous hot gin toddy.
Don't miss the marquee where nearly 700 pumpkins decorated by kindergarten to grade twelve students attending sixteen schools in the region are prominently displayed and judged by a panel of volunteers. Come vote for your favorite!
To achieve this tour de force , we need motivated employees, good planning, many sponsors and lots of volunteers. A huge segment of our local population mobilizes to make this event a success. Many partnerships have been formed over the years, a big one with the leadership class of Cité des Jeunes A.M. Sormany. They mobilize the whole high school to wash, sculpt and transport more than 2000 pumpkinsto our site. Other partners include the Atelier des Copains, the Atelier Tournesol, the Atelier des Hirondelles, the New Brunswick Community College Edmundston Campus, and le Vitrail (an alternative school). One hundred more volunteers also lend a hand before and during the event.
Come and see us at the next Grand Grouille and you will understand why people come back!