Premier in Grand Falls to take in Salmon Fest

Evan Careen
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Premier Kathy Dunderdale talks to a Grand Falls-Windsor resident at the annual Salmon Dinner to kick of this year’s Salmon Fest while Health Minister Susan Sullivan (left) and Lieut.—Gov. Frank Fagan and his wife Patricia look on.
— Photo by Evan Careen/The Advertiser

Joe Byrne Arena in Grand Fall-Windsor was packed to the gills Thursday night to kick off the opening night of the 29th Annual Salmon Fest.

Numerous dignitaries graced the event, including Lieut.- Gov. Frank Fagan, Premier Kathy Dunderdale and more than 20 Members of the House of Assembly.

Dunderdale addressed the crowd and spoke about how she had only discovered Salmon Festival three years ago and wouldn’t miss it for the world now.

“I always thought it was for youngsters and I’ve changed my mind,” she said.

“Like every other woman in this room I’m excited to see The Eagles and Johnny Reid does something special to all of us.”

She told the crowd she travels to the Exploits region regularly and is always made to feel welcome — a feeling she said will be shared with 30,000 other people in the next few days.

Dunderdale commended the town and the people for all the work and preparation that goes into the festival and said it’s something everyone anticipates.

“This is a signature event for Newfoundland and Labrador, if not the signature event,” she said.

While the Salmon Dinner was held for the opening of the festival there was an opportunity to make note of another event — the fact that it was Grand Falls-Windsor–Buchans MHA and Minister of Health and Community Services Susan Sullivan’s birthday.

The premier joked while she had come for Salmon Fest it was quickly morphing into Sullivan’s birthday party.

Other speakers at the event included Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor MP Scott Simms, Sullivan and Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Al Hawkins.

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Organizations: House of Assembly.Dunderdale, Community Services Susan Sullivan

Geographic location: Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • My guess
    July 12, 2013 - 22:25

    I say they got free tickets but we paid for the hotel and other expenses ....... government business of course. LOL

  • Paul
    July 12, 2013 - 16:44

    Glad your enjoying salmon test Cathy. Oh don't worry, all of us here in Labrador dealing with fires this past 3 weeks are doing just fine. Thanks for asking. Have a great time. You'll have lots of free time for concerts in a couple years when your voted out. You'll have to pay for own ticket then.

  • coco
    July 12, 2013 - 14:52

    "Let them eat cake".

  • JJT
    July 12, 2013 - 14:00

    She should stay out there.

  • Philly
    July 12, 2013 - 13:54

    More than 20 MHAs???????? How much is this costing us? Glad you are having a good time Kathy.

  • Unfortunate Son
    July 12, 2013 - 13:12

    I bet she'll sing the lead vocal on "Already Gone".

  • flexxa
    July 12, 2013 - 12:14 much is this costing the taxpayers? :(

    • mikeryan
      July 12, 2013 - 13:56

      never sees the Premier on the Burin Peninsula for any events.She is from Burin !!!

    • John Newhook
      July 14, 2013 - 20:32

      VIP is something these people don't understand, we purchased tickets with the understand 2500 people would be in the VIP area instead try 6500. We all should get our money back.