Big bucks for Bay Roberts

The Compass - - OPINION - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

The ex­cite­ment in Bay Roberts is reach­ing fever pitch as a re­sult of the news that it has won the Kraft Cel­e­bra­tion Tour com­pe­ti­tion. The pack­age comes with a grand prize of $25,000, to be used for re­freshes to a fa­cil­ity en­dorsed by the town.

TSN made the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment of Bay Roberts’ se­lec­tion as a fi­nal­ist on Canada Day.

The com­pe­ti­tion was open to all Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties. Judges chose 20 fi­nal­ists from the en­tries. The rest of the coun­try then de­cided the 10 win­ners via an in­tense 10 days of on­line vot­ing.

Bay Roberts and Stephenville went head to head in their at­tempt to win the com­pe­ti­tion. Vot­ing be­gan at 1:30 p.m. on July 12, and ran for ex­actly 24 hours.

“Bay Roberts re­ceived the most votes ever for a sin­gle com­mu­nity in the his­tory of the Kraft Cel­e­bra­tion Tour,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease is­sued by TSN. This is the third time the com­pe­ti­tion has been held.

“ We know the break­down in votes, but we aren’t at lib­erty to say what it was,” said Ian Flynn, pro­grams di­rec­tor with the town of Bay Roberts.

“It’s quite an ex­cit­ing time for the town,” Flynn added. “ It’s ab­so­lutely amaz­ing how the town banded to­gether in such a short time.”

The $25,000 will go a long way in in­stalling lights on the town’s new soc­cer pitch/walk­ing track. An es­ti­mated $75,000 will be re­quired to com­plete the in­stal­la­tion. The town is hop­ing to ob­tain the re­main­der of the money from the govern­ment.

TSN will help Bay Roberts cel­e­brate its win with a live Sport­sCen­tre broad­cast from the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex. It will start at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 with a two-hour fam­ily fun time, fol­lowed by the ac­tual broad­cast at 7:30 p.m..

The sup­port from the town and else­where has been over­whelm­ing, but not un­ex­pected, added Flynn.

“Ninety-nine per cent of town busi­nesses ad­ver­tised the event for us,” Flynn said. “Ac­tu­ally, we re­ceived great re­gional sup­port. In other parts of Canada, peo­ple were say­ing to fam­ily and friends, ‘Go on­line and help Bay Roberts by vot­ing for them!’ Peo­ple re­ally banded to­gether to help us.”

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