Salmon Fes­ti­val in the books for an­other year

Low turnout for con­cert, but high en­ergy in the Ex­ploits Val­ley

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - ME­GAN FROST SPE­CIAL TO THE BEACON

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.

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