Jour De Fete is a annual Festival held the second full weekend in August.
2013 Dates: Saturday, August 10th Sunday, August 11th
Location: Historic District Downtown Ste. Genevieve, MO
Organizational meetings are open to the public and held at the Cafe Genevieve the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.
Sunday, August 11 3:00 p.m.
To commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the crest of the Great Flood of 1993, the Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Program together with the City of Ste. Genevieve, will be announcing Gauge Park, a new park to be located on North Main Street in downtown Ste. Genevieve. The dedication and announcement of Gauge Park will be on Sunday, August 11 at 3 p.m. in conjunction with the 47th Annual Jour de Fete in Ste. Genevieve. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
A free public showing of “Saving Ste. Genevieve: A Documentary of the Flood of 1993″ will take place at the Ste. Genevieve R-II School District Performing Arts Center on Sunday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m.
The event is being co-sponsored by Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project and Merchant Street Publishing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic battle to save Ste. Genevieve against the ravages of the Mississippi River.
The documentary, which chronicles the flood fight in Ste. Genevieve, was first released in the fall of 1993 in the VHS video tape format. A revised DVD edition is scheduled for release this fall. It is that anniversary edition that will be shown on August 11.
Shot in the cinéma vérité style, the documentary uses on and off camera interviews to lace together a compelling story line representative of the turmoil and tragedy which the community endured that summer.
According to producer Bill Naeger, the commemorative DVD is a “digitally remastered and re-edited version” of the video that he produced 20 years ago. “As a result,” Naeger says, “the anniversary edition is of much higher quality and has ‘watchability’”.
Although the showing is free and open to the public, people will have the opportunity to make a free-will donation at the showing. Money collected will be used to offset the expenses incurred by the showing and help to establish the Flood Gauge Park. The park is a project of Ste. Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project. A special park dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, August 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the park site located at the North Gabouri creek bridge on North Main Street.
Those interested in ordering a retail copy of the DVD may do so at the premier or by calling 573-535-4306.