AUGUSTA — Bastille Day and the area’s French heritage in general will be celebrated today at Pete Gagne Memorial Field on Old Belgrade Road.

Le Festival de la Bastille kicked off Friday night and runs through Sunday.

The biennial festival, organized by Le Club Calumet, highlights Franco-American culture, food and music.

It’s the 18th festival organized by the club, and coincides this year with the club’s 90th anniversary.

A schedule of performers and other events is available oBastille Dayn the club’s website at

Today is family day with a children’s program early and a talent show with local performers as well as the traditional bean supper. Sunday’s specialty is a barbecued chicken lunch and more music. Admission is $5 per day.

While that celebration is in northwest Augusta, a tournament of petanque, an outdoor French game similar to horseshoes and bocce, will be held downtown on courts in Mill Park.

Organizer Ray Fecteau — who was master of ceremonies for Friday’s festival opening — said play begins at 9 a.m., followed by a knock-out tournament starting at 1 p.m.

Eight teams are registered, and players one from Wissous, France.

Fecteau said spectators are invited — admission is free — and he recommended they park near the site of the farmer’s market and in designated areas off Canal Street.


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