Marystown coun­cil pleased with re­stored sum­mer fes­ti­val de­spite fi­nan­cial loss

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY PAUL HERRIDGE MARYSTOWN, N.L. paul.herridge@south­

This year’s Marystown Shin­ing Seas Sum­mer Fes­ti­val has been deemed a suc­cess even though it didn’t turn a profit.

That was not the pri­mary in­ten­tion any­way, tourism and spe­cial events com­mit­tee chair Deputy Mayor Gary Myles said, in pre­sent­ing the fi­nan­cial re­port from the week­long Au­gust fes­ti­val dur­ing Marystown coun­cil’s Oct. 2 meet­ing.

“We wanted to pro­vide the town with a fes­ti­val, not have a fes­ti­val to see how much money we could raise, and I think we did that,” Myles said.

“I’ll be the first to ad­mit there are things that we will look at do­ing dif­fer­ent, but that’s how you grow, that’s how things move for­ward, that’s how things im­prove.”

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the town took in to­tal rev­enues of $14,765 against ex­pen­di­tures of $27,155 – for an over­all loss of $12,390.

The Big Splash con­cert on Aug. 11 fea­tur­ing John Boy and Rac­quel, the Coastals and head­lin­ers the Fables ac­counted for most of the red ink.

The town paid $17,064 for the bands plus an­other $1,022 for ac­com­mo­da­tions and $1,000 for se­cu­rity. Bar ex­penses dur­ing the con­cert were $2,542. Other mis­cel­la­neous costs added roughly an­other $1,000 to the event.

The town took in $6,824 from ticket sales for the event, along with $4,189 in bar sales for a to­tal of $11,013.

The town made a profit of $1,183 on the week­long 50/50 draw. The sold-out pig roast cost $989 to put off and brought in $1,215. The town spent $604 on the mayor’s break­fast.

The cur­rent coun­cil brought Shin­ing Seas back for 2018 af­ter it had been dor­mant for a few years.

“I think part of the ra­tio­nale for the deficit is that we pro­vided so many free ac­tiv­i­ties,” Mayor Sam Sy­nard said.

“In fact, very few ac­tiv­i­ties had any fi­nan­cial at­tach­ment to them. The con­cert did and a few oth­ers did. Other than that, this was very much a com­mu­ni­ty­based, free sum­mer fes­ti­val.”

Peter Kiewit was a ma­jor spon­sor of the fes­ti­val, Myles ac­knowl­edged, al­low­ing some events to be of­fered at no cost.

Myles pointed out par­tic­i­pa­tion by res­i­dents dur­ing the fes­ti­val was high and feed­back was very pos­i­tive. A num­ber of com­mu­nity groups ben­e­fited by host­ing their own events as fundrais­ers dur­ing the week, as well, he added.

“All in all, I think it was more of a suc­cess than it was any­thing else and we’ve got some­thing to build on,” Myles said.


Peter Kiewit spon­sored ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren on Marystown Day dur­ing the 2018 Marystown Shin­ing Seas Sum­mer Fes­ti­val. Wet weather forced the event in­side the Kaet­lyn Os­mond Arena.

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