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MADAWASKA, Maine (April 19, 2018) – Acadia Federal Credit Union recently donated $1,500 to the 2018 Acadian Festival, held annually in Madawaska.

The Acadian Festival is Maine’s largest cultural festival, which celebrates the French-Acadian heritage of the St. John Valley. Attendees will enjoy a re-enactment of the first Acadian Landing in northern Maine, traditional Acadian food, entertainment, cultural displays, a parade, and much more. The festival is held in conjunction with the reunions of one or more Acadian pioneer families.

Participating in the check presentation are Acadia staff members Dylan Paradis and Gail Beaupre; Acadia Madawaska branch manager Sheila Ouellette; Acadian Festival Committee representatives Chris Braley, president; Ruby Picard, vice president; and committee members Paul Michaud, Nancy Michaud, and Cody Braley.

“Support from local businesses is vital to the success of the Acadian Festival,” said Chris Braley, president of the Acadian Festival Committee. “We also do several fundraisers throughout the year. Additionally, we receive funds from the town budgets, although it is not enough to cover the cost of putting on this event, which runs at roughly $45,000 each year.”

Acadia FCU has sponsored this annual event, now in its 41st year, for many years. “Acadia is proud to support events in the communities we serve,” said Alison Voisine, marketing manager for Acadia FCU. “The much-anticipated Acadian Festival gives us an opportunity to come together and celebrate our rich, Acadian heritage. We are committed to giving back to our community, and supporting the Acadian Festival is one small way we can help to keep our unique culture alive.”

To learn more about Acadia FCU’s community involvement, visit them at For those who are interested in obtaining more information about the 2018 Acadian Festival, will soon be updated with a full schedule of events.

About Acadia FCU

Acadia Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution, created through the merger of six smaller community credit unions, since 1963. Acadia currently has eight branch locations, nearly 15,000 members, and assets totaling over $204 million.

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