French Heritage Celebrated in Waterville 

The city of Waterville celebrated the area’s Franco-American heritage on Sunday.The annual Franco-American Family Festival was held at the Head of Falls in the downtown area.The festivities were open to the public, and featured all kinds of events, from a car show, to kids activities, plus live music and dancing.There were also vendors selling all kinds of Franco-American delicacies.Organizers say it’s their way of teaching folks about the important role played by those French Canadians who came to Maine to work in the mills so many years ago. “We have the festival to remember our parents and grandparents…and the hard work they put in to make life a lot better for us,” Said event coordinator Pearley LaChance.One of the highlights of the day was the tourtiere pie contest. It’s a meat pie originating from Quebec and usually served around the holidays.