Coun­try Fest stays put

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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.

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