Salmon Festival in the books for another year
Low turnout for concert, but high energy in the Exploits Valley
GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. – It’s not a small gathering for a town of around 15,000. It’s just not what it used to be – for better or for worse.
“We’re shooting for at least 1,500 for the last two acts,” said Grand Falls-Windsor councillor and first-time Exploits Valley Salmon Festival chair, Shawn Feener early in the afternoon on Saturday, July 14.
Twelve-hundred tickets were sold in advance. Even though the weather was warm, sales at the door failed to bring the crowd to 1,300 people.
Audience numbers at the Shanawdithit Centennial Park for the first acts were limited.
“There are about as many people here as you are allowed salmon in a year,” commented emcee Cecil O’Brien of the poplar Outhouse TV comedy videos.
The Salmon Festival in past years has attracted upwards of 30,000 people.
This year’s festival lineup featured The Punters, Kellie Loder, The 8 Track Favourites, Rod Jackson & The Perfect Strangers, Aaron Pritchett, and Emerson Drive. None of the musicians appeared to let the small crowds bother them. They had energetic and entertaining performances all around.
Also, for the better, audio and lighting was on point, it was a very slow day at the first aid tent, and there was plenty of water to go around.
Emerson Drive closed out the night at the 2018 Exploits Valley Salmon Festival. See more photos on A7.
It’s not hard to get near the front at a big venue with a small crowd.
Ryan and Chelsea Bradley attended the Salmon Festival on a visit home from British Columbia.
Aiden Murphy of St. John’s and Amber Littlejohn of Bay Roberts are all about the county music.
The Punters opened the 2018 Exploits Valley Salmon Festival to a small audience.
Larry Foley preformed with The 8 Track Favourites. Foley fronts both The 8 Track Favourites and The Punters.
Musician Kellie Loder posed for a photo backstage with (super) volunteer paramedic brother Brad Loder.
Grand Falls-Windsor’s Rod Jackson of Rod Jackson & The Perfect Strangers. The band created some footage during the show for a new music video.
Hold My Beer: Canadian country musician Aaron Pritchett joins the crowd in a drink between numbers.