Ticket sales down

The Barrie Examiner - - NEWS - PA­TRICK BALES

ORO -ME­DONTE TWP. - As OroMe­donte Town­ship Mayor Harry Hughes and Repub­lic Live owner Stan Dun­ford an­nounced Burl’s Creek had won its tem­po­rary-use zon­ing by­law case at the On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board, ap­prox­i­mately 200 peo­ple were vis­it­ing the OK Fri­day Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

Most of them were there as part of a pro­mo­tion pro­vid­ing free ad­mis­sion to WayHome Mu­sic & Arts Fes­ti­val to res­i­dents of Bar­rie, Oril­lia and Oro-Me­donte.

The pro­mo­tion was a suc­cess, with line­ups be­gin­ning hours be­fore the mar­ket opened.

Ticket sales for the fes­ti­vals at Burl’s Creek this sum­mer have not been on par with pre­vi­ous years.

What that means for the fes­ti­vals go­ing for­ward re­mains to be seen.

Dun­ford says his fes­ti­vals have faced tougher com­pe­ti­tion this sum­mer, but he is con­fi­dent in the con­tin­ued of­fer­ings at the event grounds go­ing for­ward.

“The amount of tick­ets that are sold and the vi­a­bil­ity of the fes­ti­vals are a fi­nan­cial is­sue,” he said. “We’ll have to weigh the re­sults this year and make those de­ci­sions later.”

Weaker ticket sales are not unique to the Burl’s Creek fes­ti­vals, Dun­ford added, but rather a char­ac­ter­is­tic of most North Amer­i­can fes­ti­vals this year, par­tic­u­larly in Canada, where sesqui­cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions al­lowed for greater choices in mu­sic pro­gram­ing.

Ex­actly how many paid at­ten­dees at the fes­ti­vals there are won’t be known un­til af­ter the sea­son con­cludes.

“We’re still sell­ing tick­ets; there’s been an upsurge in ticket sales lately,” he said. “We’re go­ing to have a fes­ti­val and it’s go­ing to be great. The peo­ple who are here are go­ing to en­joy it a lot.”

Plus, now that the tem­po­rary-zon­ing by­law is in place, Dun­ford said he is con­fi­dent in what the fu­ture holds for Burl’s Creek.

“I can say our plan and our hope is to have ad­di­tional events. We have a venue here (that’s) what ev­ery­one in the in­dus­try would con­sider a world-class venue,” he said. “Be­ing a world-class venue dic­tates you should have world-class events. Next year, I wouldn’t be sur­prised if there were a cou­ple of one-off shows of sig­nif­i­cant size.

“Who knows? But we have the venue and we’re now open for busi­ness of­fi­cially.”

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