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Pokémon GO festival happening this weekend

The Sault Ste. Marie Pokemon GO Festival will take place at Clergue Park on July 22
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Hundreds of gamers flocked to Clergue Park last summer when Pokémon GO was first released. The Sault Ste. Marie Pokémon GO Festival will take place there on July 22, in celebration of the game's one year anniversary. Jeff Klassen/SooToday

The company behind Pokémon GO is celebrating the one year anniversary of the game and, in conjunction with this, the Sault Ste. Marie Pokémon GO festival will take place at Clergue Park on July 22.

Niantic Inc. and The Pokémon Company International are hosting a number of worldwide events including Pokémon GO fest in Chicago on that day.

According to Niantic's webstie:

Throughout the day, trainers (in Chicago) will be able to participate in three Challenge Window activities, where they must work together to catch certain types of Pokémon in order to unlock a variety of perks for Pokémon GO players around the world. Trainers outside of Chicago will be able to participate in the festivities by catching as many Pokémon as possible during these Challenge Windows to extend the duration of bonuses unlocked by those attending Pokémon GO Fest. If Trainers around the world catch enough Pokémon, a Mystery Challenge will be revealed at Pokémon GO Fest Chicago for the potential to unlock an extra-special bonus across the globe.

The local event page can be found here.

The following information was sent to SooToday about the local event.

Sault Ste. Marie Pokémon GO Festival - Brought to you by local Pokémon Go players

Come on down to the Art Gallery of Algoma and the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library on July 22, 2017 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the hit mobile game Pokémon Go.

Starting at 9 a.m. EST, Pokestops in Clergue Park will be lured up until 5 p.m. for you to come out and attempt to catch some rare Pokémon.

The Art Gallery of Algoma will have their Cafe open via the side entrance, the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library will have a Pokémon Trading Card Game space setup in their program room, and a local artist will have Pokemon-themed art drawn along the footpath near the gallery.

Charging stations, face painting, and Pokémon merchandise will be available outside the Art Gallery and there will also be a variety of giveaways/contests throughout the day.