Annual event comes to a close

Kent Burton
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There were a lot of expectations placed on this year’s Exploits Valley Salmon Festival after the election of a new town council and if the response by patrons is any indication, there was no disappointment from those who attended.

Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace encourages the crowd to sing along at the Salmon Festival concert in Grand Falls-Windsor Saturday night. See page 4 and 5 of today's Advertiser for more photos of the event. David Newell photo

As the day went on, more and more people began to flood the field, as thousands turned out to see following acts Sloan, Doc Walker, Classified, Faber Drive, Matthew Good and headliners Three Days Grace.

            Centennial Field played host to festivities once again on Sunday afternoon, with the always popular family day event. There was plenty of entertainment for all ages, featuring Douglas John, Cookie the Clown and magician Jordan Maloney. FUNdamentals Family Fitness Centre also hosted the Family Fun Zone on the field’s soccer pitch, which featured various games, races and other family activities.

            One of the highlights on last weekend’s festival was the gospel concert, which was very well attended and is quickly becoming a staple of the five-day festivities. Rev. Roy Martin was on hand to perform, along with musicians such as Badger’s Kellie Loder and the internationally renowned Starfield. The concert was perhaps the biggest surprise of the weekend, with several hundred people in attendance.

            Things came to a close with Grand Falls-Windsor Day on Monday afternoon, which featured a community barbecue and horse rides on Main Street. Activity shifted back to Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium that afternoon and night for the infamous Newfie Night, which featured traditional Newfoundland food and entertainment by Mill Road and Young at Heart, as well as the always amusing Screech In for festival-goers from outside the province.

            Mayor Al Hawkins anticipates that final numbers will be available in approximately a week.

Organizations: Mount Peyton Hotel, Rolling Stones, United Church Ladies Brunch Memorial United Church

Geographic location: Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium, Newfoundland, Starfield Mill Road

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