Ticket booth tossed in river
Brigus Blueberry Festival organizers find a way to lift it out
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.”
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.