Fund­ing changes for Lob­ster Car­ni­val

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN

The city of Summerside is chang­ing the way it funds the Summerside Lob­ster Car­ni­val. Ac­cord­ing to the city’s bud­get, which was re­leased Mon­day, the event was pro­vided with a lit­tle more than $86,000 from the pub­lic cof­fers for its 2017 edi­tion, but will only get $20,000 in 2018. Kris­tan Dunsford, man­ager with the city’s fi­nance depart­ment, ex­plained that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is try­ing to make the car­ni­val more self-suf­fi­cient go­ing for­ward.

“At some point we may see that the city it­self is not hav­ing to con­trib­ute any­thing for that fes­ti­val,” said Dunsford. Greater than ex­pected spon­sor­ship rev­enue for the 2017 event, cou­pled with some other fac­tors, meant that Cul­ture Summerside, which man­ages the car­ni­val, didn’t need to tap into as much of its mu­nic­i­pally pro­vided fund­ing as ex­pected.

Rather than re­dis­tribute the sur­plus funds, the city de­cided to leave the money with the car­ni­val’s non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion to help seed fu­ture car­ni­vals. Dunsford added that de­spite the re­duc­tion in di­rect fund­ing from the city this year, the 2018 fes­ti­val is ex­pected to be on par, in terms of size, with last year. The city took over the Summerside Lob­ster Car­ni­val in 2013 af­ter its long-time op­er­a­tors, a con­sor­tium of com­mu­nity groups, grad­u­ally pulled out.

The event was briefly re­branded the Summerside Lob­ster Fes­ti­val be­fore re­vert­ing to its orig­i­nal name for 2017.

Last year was also the first where the man­age­ment of the event was moved to Cul­ture Summerside.

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