GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. – It’s not a small gathering for a town of around 15,000. It’s just not what it used to be.
“We’re shooting for at least 1,500 for the last two acts,” said Grand Falls-Windsor councillor and first-time Exploits Valley Salmon Festival chair, Shawn Feener early in the afternoon on Saturday, July 14.
Twelve-hundred tickets were sold in advance. Even though the weather was warm, sales at the door failed to bring the crowd to 1,300 people.
Audience numbers at the Shanawdithit Centennial Park for the first acts were limited.
“There are about as many people here as you are allowed salmon in a year,” commented emcee Cecil O’Brien of the poplar Outhouse TV comedy videos.
The Salmon Festival in past years has attracted upwards of 30,000 people.
This year’s festival lineup featured The Punters, Kellie Loder, The 8 Track Favourites, Rod Jackson & The Perfect Strangers, Aaron Pritchett, and Emerson Drive. None of the musicians appeared to let the small crowds bother them. They had energetic and entertaining performances all around.