Thousands attend green festival

By KIRAN MALIK-KHAN, Connect Contributor

CEO and founder of Sustainival Joey Hundert stands at the festival grounds at MacDonald Island Park on September 6.

CEO and founder of Sustainival Joey Hundert stands at the festival grounds at MacDonald Island Park on September 6.

Another successful year in Fort McMurray is in the books for Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival.

The four-day event was held at MacDonald Island from September 4-7, and saw thousands in attendance, according to organizers.

“We have become a part of Fort McMurray’s culture. It was great to get the community’s support, and the support from our partners,” enthused Joey Hundert, who founded Sustainival in 2011.

The gargantuan carnival featured over 20 rides, which ran on bio-diesel fuel, complete with games, and family fun.

New this year were drift-cross bikes, and a bag jump featuring Greg Roe, who plunged onto a bag from a crane three stories high. Even Mayor Melissa Blake tried it.

The Green Beast eco-challenge, a crossword featuring clues around the carnival kept those busy vying for the first prize – trip for two to Amsterdam.

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