About 3,000 attendees at this year’s festival hosted in Smooth Rock Falls.
SMOOTH ROCK FALLS — Sunshine, roaring engines and a large turnout made the 14th-annual Smooth Truck Fest a huge success this weekend.
“Around 3,000 people were seen at the fest this weekend,” said Eliane Labonte-Bernier, committee member at the Northern Spirits Adventures, which organizes the annual event.
Labonte-Bernier said the festival was launched to build the community’s spirits after Tembec Malette Pulp Mill shut down in Smooth Rock Falls, resulting in hundreds of jobs being lost.
“We are really happy with the turnout for the fest and I would like to thank all for making it successful like every year,” said Labonte-Bernier.
“We have had really good success and the festival keeps growing every year.”
Labonte-Bernier said it seems everybody’s family came down for the truck fest so it’s like a big reunion for the community. She said overall the event and all the races were smoothly and safely done.
Erin Couture, one of the visitors at the event, said, “I really enjoy the fest and there are a lot of people here today from all over. Even I have come from Thunder Bay every year for the fest as I love how the community gathers together here to enjoy the weekend.”
The event had couple of new additions this year including the “Forever North” race track performers who put on some motorcycle stunts.
Labonte-Bernier said, “We saw people just loved the North crew and their bike stunts.”
Andrew Davidson, one of the Forever North performers, said he has been performing the stunts for years now. From the age of 20, he decided to try his hand at motor bike stunts.
“Though my interest for these stunts and my passion is risky, my parents have still supported me to follow my interest,” he said. “My parents look nervous when I am doing the stunts but they understand that I have been doing this for years now.”
It was Davidson’s first year performing at the Smooth Truck Fest. He said he loved the ambience, the crowd and the food at the fest.
Lucette Levesque, volunteer at the fest, said it’s a great event to volunteer at. She said the spirit and excitement of those who visit the fest make it enjoyable.
Elijah Crothers, the music DJ at the fest said, “I have been here for last 14 years. The festival is extra special as it started out quiet organically as a small festival and today it has turned out to be big and it’s really nice to see that.”
Crothers added, “It’s just nice to see people of all ages enjoying themselves at the fest.”