Flat Bay powwow organizers expect big crowds

Organizers of the Bay St. George Mi'kmaq Powwow are expecting a large turnout this weekend.

Festivities begin Friday with lighting of the sacred fire

Organizers of the Bay St. George Mi'kmaq Powwow in Flat Bay, on Newfoundland's west coast are expecting a big turnout this weekend.

Committee Chair Jill Quilty said between five and six thousand people turned out for the event last year, and she's heard from more people who are planning on making the trip for the first time.

"There's been a lot of people contacting us, letting us know that they plan on scheduling their vacations around this," Quilty said.

"There's a lot of people saying that they're coming this year for the first time and I think it's going to be great."

Quilty said that the increase in the number of people expressing interest means good things for the community.

"I guess it shows that people are becoming more interested in the culture and the word is sort of spreading that people enjoy themselves when they go to the powwow, and that they look forward to returning, so that's always a good sign," she said.

According to Quilty, there are certain points of etiquette that people should be aware of if they plan on attending the events.

She said attendees can get an information pamphlet in the parking lot when they arrive, and additional information will be announced by the MC during the events.

Festivities begin Friday with the lighting of the sacred fire.