The sixteenth annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest kicked off on Thursday.

The festival runs to Sunday, just southwest of Saskatoon.

Festival organizer Vicki Arcand says one of the new features this year is a cultural camp.

“The cultural camp workshop is traditional hands on workshops on two types of Métis beading, Métis embroidery, Métis finger weaving, traditional Métis dance – outside of the Red River jig, we have those,” she says. “So, in the cultural camp, it would be the duck dance and some oral workshops just talking about some of the traditional art forms.”

She adds there also a number of top entertainment acts on this year’s bill.

Arcand says one of the benefits of the festival is affordability – participants can take in most activities for the price of a single gate admission.

The festival goes ahead come rain or shine with all workshops and entertainment taking place under a covered roof or tents.

The event is expected to draw in anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 people.