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Marystown Shining Seas Festival suffers loss for second year

Peter Kiewit sponsored activities for children on Marystown Day during the 2018 Marystown Shining Seas Summer Festival. Wet weather forced the event inside Kaetlyn Osmond Arena.
The Town of Marystown lost just under $7,000 staging the 2019 Shining Seas Festival. FILE/SOUTHERN GAZETTE
MARYSTOWN, N.L. —

Changes made by the Tourism and Special Events Committee to this year's Shining Seas Festival resulted in a slight improvement over last year's event, which saw the town in the red more than $12,000.
Deputy Mayor Gary Myles, who also serves as committee chair, said the loss was a little under half of last year.
"So we are headed in the right direction," he said. "We did make some what we thought were fixes and improvements to the previous year, so it did work to a certain extent financial wise but not as well as we had hoped."
A report tabled during the Oct. 1 council meeting, shows the town took in $16,898 and spent $23,979, leaving a loss of $6,990.
Myles explained the Big Splash concert held Aug. 9, featuring Diezel Dogs, Rob Jackson and the Perfect Strangers and headliners Bic and the Ball Points, contributed to the bulk of the loss.
The town hired Due South Promotions as event promoter at a $15,000 expense. The company's package included lights, sound, accommodations, and other details. Event security cost the town $500, while bar expenses were $2,703.
The town took in $5,200 in ticket sales and an additional $5,179 in bar sales for a total of $10,379.
"We're making some much bigger changes for next year but that's still an item up for discussions with the committee," Myles said.

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