Country Fest stays put
BY ANGELA BROWN
Staff After negotiating with North Glengarry, Tabac Jr’s Little Nashville Country Fest organizer Patrick Quesnel will run the event again in Alexandria, despite the higher cost. Mr. Quesnel related he will be forking out $6,500, plus taxes, which works out to just over $7,000, to rent the Glengarry Sports Palace for the September 1 to 4 music festival. He had hoped to ante up $6,500 including taxes, the same tab he paid last year.
The Glengarry Sports Palace Board of directors had initially raised the fee to $8,000, to reflect the higher operating costs, including utilities, and security bills. “It’s a little bit high but I don’t have a choice,” he said. “We’ll go one more year, and then if it doesn’t seem good this year, probably we’ll see the end of that.”
Mr. Quesnel said if he can’t turn a profit, he will hold the event somewhere else next year or call it quits. “You don’t want to lose money,” he noted. He related that since the township collects all profits from the bar sales during the festival, it is difficult for him to end up in the black. Other music festivals are luring away some of his customers and impacting his bottom line, Mr. Quesnel said. “Last year we were down by 100 campers,” he recalled. “I am just wondering what is going on.” While he continues to promote the event as usual, he is concerned about the decline in numbers. “There is a lot of competition,” he added. Nonetheless, Mr. Quesnel remains positive and is looking forward to another good show this September, with 25 acts planned for the 11th edition of the festival. “The highlight is probably Naomi Bristow,” he said. “She’s the big event.”
Other highlights are Phil Denault Friday and J.C. Harrison Thursday. Saturday night’s show highlights Eddy Moura and Mathieu Nardi. The music continues Sunday afternoon following a Mass in the morning.