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Lumberjack Festival Sees $1,500 Deficit

The 2018 Lumberjack Festival lost less than previously predicted.

Town CAO Guylain Baril says council overlooked the wrap-up report tonight, and what stood out was that they had predicted a loss of $22,000 and came up with only a deficit of $1,500.

Baril says the revised, smaller format was well-received by the local area despite not having the return of the carnival from the previous year, still drawing a total of roughly $4,275 people over the course of the weekend.

Baril says highlights or successes from the weekend have to include the cancelling of the Saturday night concert to instead hold the performances all within the Riverside Park setting.

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He says council is putting some recommendations forward for next year’s version:

  • To re-brand or change the festival name
  • To refuse permission to organize a tournament on the same weekend
  • To include more garbage cans and seating areas
  • To create a designated area for minors in the Beer Garden
  • To create a designated smoking area
  • To rehire Sword Security from North Bay

Baril also says seeing a deficit of $1,500 was a huge success following the $45,000 deficit from the 2017 event, and the previously predicted deficit of $22,000 for 2018.

This year’s festival was the 19th version of the longtime tradition.

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