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Warm weather welcomes in Festival’s 2018 edition

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WATCH: Thousands headed to Festival du Voyageur to take in some old favourites as well as some new additions. Global's Timm Bruch reports – Feb 19, 2018

Western Canada’s largest winter festival got off to a flying start Friday night and Saturday morning thanks to some ideal weather.

Thousands headed to Festival du Voyageur to take in some old favourites — like Francophone music and maple syrup candy — and some new additions — like the woodcarving challenge.

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Event organizers called Friday a “good night” and said they’re pleased with ticket sales, admission and the fact that lineups were kept to a minimum.

Interpreter Steve Greyeyes said it was thanks, in large part, to warm temperatures.

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“We’ve had years when it’s been 25 below and windy, and last year the whole place was a swamp,” Greyeyes said. “This year it’s pretty comfortable to be outside but it’s not melting yet.

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“It’s perfect weather and it’s sunny. You can’t beat it for Festival.”

The 2017 edition of Festival du Voyageur hit a few bumps after warm conditions meant melting snow sculptures and muddy pathways. That wasn’t the case on day one or two, and the five-day forecast calls for more of the same.