Bay fest a treat for young and old: Russell

Jamie Bennett
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Fresh on the heels of a fun-filled day at the South Shore Bay Fest, two young girls couldn’t hide their excitement as they approached event co-chair Michelle Russell Saturday.

“They came up to me and said, ‘miss thank you so much for having today for us. We had a lot of fun’,” Russell said Sunday during a break in the festival. “That had to be my highlight so far for sure.”

The fourth annual event started Friday and wrapped up Sunday evening with live performances and a scheduled fireworks display.

Russell said events were well attended throughout the weekend and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive apart from some inconvenient rain showers Saturday evening.

She said the event seems to grow every year and could eventually accommodate as many as 2,000 patrons on site at the Elliott Gallant Memorial Skate Park.

This year, the festival had visitors from such places as Trout River, Deer Lake and St. Anthony for an event Gallant said is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the community spirit on the south shore.

“People are just proud of the area,” she said.

“Across the bay they have several festivals, but on this side of the bay there hasn’t been much so people get pretty excited.”

She said she’s hopeful in the years to come the area’s residents who are scattered across the province, country and beyond will choose to plan their holidays around this three-day party.

“Last year we had people that haven’t seen their classmates in 20 years and they were able to meet up here,” she said. “We’re not looking to be Salmon Fest, but we’d like to grow and have people out.”

Geographic location: Trout River, Deer Lake, St. Anthony

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