Grand Falls-Windsor council sets Salmon Festival date

By Randy Edison, The Advertiser
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The stage is officially set for this year’s Exploits Valley Salmon Festival now that residents know the timeframe – including the date for the annual concert on Centennial Field.

The Exploits Valley Salmon Festival will be held July 14-18 with the main concert happening July 16 on Centennial Field

Grand Falls-Windsor Town Council voted at Tuesday regular meeting to accept a recommendation from a Committee of the Whole meeting on Feb. 15 that the Salmon Festival weekend will be July 14-18.

Grand Falls-Windsor Day is set for July 18.

Mayor Barry Manuel said that there have been a number of questions of late as to whether or not there would even be a concert.

“There is going to be a concert on July 16…but significantly downsized,” the mayor said.

He added that the show lineup should come “within the next month.”

The Salmon Festival Concert, once one of the cornerstones of the province’s summer entertainment schedule, has been much maligned of late with significant hits to the show’s reputation and financial performance.

 “We’re looking forward to keeping it alive and getting back to our roots,” Mayor Manuel continued. “It’s been a successful show for 30 years and we’re going to forge ahead and make it the best it can be.”

Coun. Tom Pinsent said he too is looking forward to what this year’s show will offer.

“It’s not going to be a million dollar show but we have the opportunity to make it a community event,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be a provincial event.”

Organizations: Grand Falls-Windsor Town Council, Committee of the Whole

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Recent comments

  • Theresa
    February 24, 2016 - 19:17

    Sooo glad to hear it's still going ahead.Although I enjoyed the bigger concerts we had in the past, it's good to see it go back to the way it was before with some poplar Canadian bands and local talent. Bringing back the community spirit!

  • Lisa W
    February 24, 2016 - 15:46

    I think it's wonderful that you guys are not giving up on the Salmon Festival. I've been to many and had a great time but it was the Eagels concert that stopped me from going to any more. Couldn't get any water. I seen a man going off with two cases of water that day and asked if I can buy a couple bottles. He said no because these are for the people that are under the white tents. I thought that was very very unprofessional, and other things too but I'm not going to put them words here. So, hopefully you will get things back for the fans and make thousand of dollars and stop hurting people and to make millions. Good Luck!!

  • Linda C
    February 24, 2016 - 14:23

    Will the price be scaled back as well?