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.