Festival Attracts Record Crowds, Raises Funds for Community
Bouncy castles and baseball, beer and bands drew hundreds to the Campbell’s Bay Recreation Centre this weekend for the fifth annual Campbell’s Bay Summerfest.
“It’s hard to say exactly how many people are here,” explained event organizer and Campbell’s Bay Councillor Tim Ferrigan. “This is a free event. Judging from the number of people on the grounds and the fact that the tent is full, I would say that this is the biggest night we have ever had.”
After five years organizing the popular community event, Ferrigan knows what success looks like. “Over the years, we have raised $80,000, some of which went to the mural project and then the rest to build a splash pad for local kids.”
Many of those kids could be found at the festival today jumping around in the bouncy castles, playing baseball, eating cotton candy and visiting the petting zoo. It was nonstop fun for the little ones.
“It’s all for the kids,” said Ferrigan. “We are on target to raise another $20,000 this weekend and that will be used for playground equipment.” Funds were raised through local sponsors, sales of beer and food at the canteen and a 50/50 draw.
As the exciting day turned into a perfect summer’s evening. The rain held off and the crowd inside the big tent grew even bigger. The beer flowed, the baseball carried on and Quite the Crew came to the stage covering well-loved 80s and 90s anthems. Shortly after 9:00 p.m. Little Bones came on.
“If you close your eyes, you would think it was Gord Downie,” said Ed Russentrom, A die hard Hip fan who had seen Little Bones 15 times. The band played all the favourites bringing the crowd to their feet dancing and singing along.
The Festival continues Sunday with soft ball, three pitch, the Lion’s Bingo and the 50/50 draw.