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Grand Falls-Windsor gearing up for Atlantic Fest 2017

Blake Shelton, five-time CMA male vocalist of the year and a coach on NBCs “The Voice”, will be performing in Grand Falls-Windsor for
Blake Shelton, five-time CMA male vocalist of the year and a coach on NBCs “The Voice”, will be performing in Grand Falls-Windsor for

Preparations underway for Grand Falls-Windsor’s biggest concert of the summer

GRAND FALLS-WINDROR, NL – Grand Falls-Windsor is expecting an influx of thousands of visitors Aug. 26 for Atlantic Fest 2017 headlining act, Blake Shelton.
“It’s a big production, so we’re working hard to make sure the site is ready and that all the logistics have been considered,” said Mayor Barry Manuel.
The town has been in contact with all emergency services, ensuring their resources are in place and equipped for the busy weekend ahead. The town has been providing logistical support to the concert promoter, and the field has been set up by town staff.
On Saturday, Aug. 26, there will be the “standard roadblocks similar to salmon festival or other big concerts we’ve had in the past, on Cromer Avenue back towards Lincoln Road and over near the first ramp just past the College of the North Atlantic,” Manuel said.
“There will be no admittance through that area, so we hope residents have patience and understanding when it comes to traffic on that day – there may be some small inconveniences for people to get into that area, but it will be a very short while and something we really can’t avoid,” he added.
The town has stated it will not host any dance or event at the stadium prior to the festival. With such a big concert underway, they do not want to spread their resources too thin, so their focus is solely on the festival concert, said Manuel.
"A part of having a concert like this is bringing the economic stimulus into the area,” he said. “It’s important to recognize there are businesses in the area that could also take advantage of the big crowd. We would prefer that they go ahead and did their thing and got the benefit.”
Concert promoter David Carver told The Advertiser that concert ticket sales are going very well, and residents “can expect a lot of visitors that weekend.”
“We’re confident we will work with the promoter to make sure that we’ve got a safe and enjoyable experience for anybody whose coming into Grand Falls-Windsor on the weekend or residents that are planning to attend the show,” said Manuel.
 

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