Alexandria Sk8fest has plenty of tricks up its sleeve

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - A skateboard and music festival highlighting local business returns to North Glengarry for its 11th year - and it's shaping up to be the hottest event on four wheels without an engine.

Mark your calendars for this year's Alexandria Sk8fest on Saturday, August 9.

The Alexandria Sk8fest rolls into the Glengarry Sports Palace (170 MacDonald Boulevard) on Saturday, August 9.

Doors open at 10 a.m. Admission is $15.

"Sk8fest is an event that has grown in popularity and is highly anticipated as an end of summer skate and youth gathering," said Alain Lauzon, event organizer and owner of Raage Skateshop.

All proceeds will be going to the Alexandria Skate Park's next phase of development.

Lauzon noted that many local merchants and organizations, such as the Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce, help the event contribute to youth culture and education.

“You certainly don’t have to be a skateborder to enjoy this festival," said Lauzon. "The quality of the entertainment is phenomenal!”

The musical lineup runs the gamut from metal, punk, rap and now DJs.

Bands graciously donating their talents are Paolo Stante, Here Comes Bigfoot, Aron The Alien, Monsun, Rydell, The Maysides and Listen Up Kid.

Between acts, DJ GÄÛ will be keeping the party for the entire 12 hours.

Beside the musical acts, this year will feature a slew of new ramps built by Alexandria’s Justin Sauve and Matthew Savard.

“We have counted 40 ramps and rails so far and we will be building until the day of the event” said Sauve.

Skateboard enthusiasts are also in for a real treat: Montreal skateboarding legend Barry ‘Spoon Bee’ Walsh will be showing off his skills and spinning ‘old school’ vinyl.

The one-day annual event was started in 2004 by Natalie St-Denis and the Alexandria Skate Team (AST).

For more information about Alexandria Sk8fest, visit www.sk8fest.com.

For information on how local residents and businesses can support the event, contact Alain Lauzon at info@sk8fest.com or 613-525-5422.

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