Problems didn't dampen Salmon Fest enjoyment

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I realize you have probably been inundated with letters and commentaries surrounding this past weekend’s Salmon Fest, but I felt compelled to add my perspective.

Myself and my group of eight all had general admission tickets, opting to go that route so that we could freely take in the concert in the manner in which we had done in our youth.

I cannot comment on the arrangements in the VIP section in particular, but I do know having gone by there to try to see someone we knew in there, I would have been pretty upset to pay that amount of money to be squeezed in like sardines.

After all, the perks of VIP include easier access to food and drink, breathing room and bathrooms … none of which seemed to be present in the VIP section of Salmon Fest.

Our group scoped out a nice grassy spot, easily found should anyone wander off.

We split up so that two stayed with our chairs and blankets, two got water tickets and water, two got food tickets and food, and two got tickets for beer/hard lemonade from the beer tent. It worked very well for us.

Yes, there were long lineups. But we didn’t go without anything and totally enjoyed the concert and excitement of the festivities.  

Seeing The Eagles was a bucket list thing for me and I can honestly say, I was not disappointed.

In fact, the whole experience was something more akin to a spiritual journey for us.  

My only suggestions would be that water be more easily accessible and perhaps, dare I say it, even reasonably priced, and that there be cooling stations throughout the venue.  

We chose to sit in a grassy area that was not overly crowded, and had we wanted to get up close and personal with the bands, we probably could have … but as with any concert, up front means close quarters and congestion.

Anyone who went to Salmon Fest expecting to be treated like royalty and to sit in absolute comfort within 100 feet of the stage really needs a reality check.

VIP tickets are a status thing for many — and while I would most likely have been irritated had I forked out $250 plus for tickets to get in there, for those of us on the grassy knoll, sitting in our camp chairs or dancing and singing along with the bands, we got our money’s worth and then some!

Salmon Fest is a central Newfoundland celebration and should indeed remain there — just with a little better organization.

But, as a gentleman from the area stated the day after, it’s a learning experience.

The hope is that productive criticism will aid the organizers to improve on conditions for next year. To allow minor inconveniences to rob you of enjoying icons the likes of The Eagles was your choice — not that of the Salmon Fest Committee.

Kim Power

St. John’s

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • raymond duprey
    July 27, 2013 - 20:30

    It seems their was mistakes made but hopefully they will be corrected. Their was a time when Moncton was a summer concert mecca but greed by Hotel's and vendor's have ruined that,hence no concert this year. Hotels charging 2 or 3 night maximum rate no cancellation ETC. As a regular concert goer NL is doing a great job. A concert is a great revune booster for any comunity. I totally disagree with no water being allowed or food, this is stupid and ridiculos. Limit it to 3 or 4 bottles , a few sandwiches is not going to bankrupt the vendors, esp for people travelling any distance. I was at the Sars cocert in Toronto, they did the same stupid thing , took all food and bevrages from people . The free water they were suppose to hand out was impossible to find., the $5.00 dollar bottles they were selling were also impossible to find.Tempetures soared to 35 , standing on Black Ashfault. I would have a suggestion , let a local charity handle the food , DON"T over charge and any profits would go to a good cause. People would then gladly return year after year. My 2 cent's worth.

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    July 19, 2013 - 17:36

    Learning experience? I would be able to swallow that line of BS if it wasn't the 24th year for the Salmon Festival. Nothing but an example of a money grab, pure and simple. Lesson #1 - Avoid putting 25 thousand people in an area that can probably handle 15 thousand at best! They are very fortunate that something serious did not happen. A class action lawsuit would have been the least of their worries.

  • david
    July 19, 2013 - 16:07

    No one died...so why talk about what might have happened? What's the point of all these comments and complaints, other than to possibly prevent a blatantly predictable tragedy next year, or some other time and place? This is Newfoundland, where every lesson is learned in the slowest, hardest and most difficult way possible...by hoping for the best and seeing what happens. Hooray!

  • C
    July 19, 2013 - 14:59

    Actually, the "inconveniences" were more than minor. The VIP section was seriously overcrowded, to the point that it was unsafe. The concert organizers were lucky that no emergency situation occurred. Those in charge did a very poor job, and provided misleading information to ticket-buyers about the number of people that would be in the VIP section.

  • B
    July 19, 2013 - 07:56

    Finally, someone with a relevant and clear headed review. Thank You!