Ticket booth tossed in river

Bri­gus Blue­berry Fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers find a way to lift it out

The Compass - - TRAVEL - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

It was a sorry sight to see Sun­day morn­ing in Bri­gus. Overnight, one of the ticket booths set up for the com­mu­nity’s an­nual Blue­berry Fes­ti­val was dumped into an ad­ja­cent river.

“Some ar­se­hole is on their way home the night (be­fore), de­cides to throw the ticket booth in the river,” ex­plained fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair By­ron Rod­way, who notes a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent hap­pened 25 years ago at the same event.

“Un­for­tu­nately we don’t know who it is, or else we’d give him the same treat­ment — heave him into the brook.”

Fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers did not feel com­pelled to con­tact po­lice about the in­ci­dent on Aug. 9, and for­tu­nately, a so­lu­tion to deal with the sit­u­a­tion was iden­ti­fied quickly. Bri­gus res­i­dent Fred Wil­liams, who has a fork­lift, of­fered to help out. In less than 15 min­utes, the booth was out of the wa­ter and on a bridge.

“Peo­ple just pitched in, and you’ve got to be able to make plans in a hurry at these events, be­cause no­body ex­pected some­one to go to the trou­ble of throw- ing that in the river,” said Rod­way, who is also the mayor of Bri­gus.

Ty­ing booths down to the ground has crossed his mind in the past, and Rod­way reck­ons do­ing so could have pre­vented the in­ci­dent.

“There’s al­ways go­ing to be a few fools around that in­sist on do­ing some­thing like that. You can’t keep them out, be­cause you don’t know who they are.”

For­tu­nately, the dis­cov­ery of the ticket booth in the river was the only sour note for what was oth­er­wise a great 28th year for the fes­ti­val. Rod­way es­ti­mates at­ten­dance ex­ceeded 10,000 this year, with favourable weather con­di­tions on Satur­day most welcome.

“As far as I can tell, Satur­day was a record num­ber (of fes­ti­val at­ten­dees),” Rod­way told The Com­pass last week. “I guess with the forecast the way it was call­ing for rain on Sun­day, peo­ple came out Satur­day.”

PHOTO BY DENNIS FLYNN/SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS

Fred Wil­liams op­er­ated a fork­lift Aug. 9 to help re­cover a ticket booth set up for the Bri­gus Blue­berry Fes­ti­val. Seen at the far right help­ing steady the booth is fes­ti­val com­mit­tee chair By­ron Rod­way. It’s be­lieved some­one pushed the booth into the river overnight.

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