PICTOU – The Pictou Lobster Carnival committee is digging itself out of the red one event at a time.
The carnival committee presented its financial statements recently during its annual general meeting that showed its deficit is down from around $25,000 in the spring to about $10,000.
Newly elected carnival chair Shawn McNamara said a lot of hard work went into raising much-needed funds for the annual event and more will be done before its 80th celebration next July.
“By the start of the carnival we are going to have the debt wiped out,” he said. “That’s our goal. We have some big events going on, dances and big-ticket draws. We have a lot of ideas. Last year fundraising was zero. Everyone knew there was a problem but no one wanted to jump forward. If the town didn’t call for that meeting for help we wouldn’t have a carnival. We only had 10 weeks, we did good for how far we have come.”
The carnival cut back on some events as cost-cutting measures this year that included booking local entertainment.
Next year, Pictou Lobster Carnival will take place a week later because of the July 1st holiday and the carnival’s contract with the midway company.
McNamara said there might be a bit of a conflict with the Town of Trenton and its FunFest days but it’s willing to sit down and talk to the town to come up with a solution.
He said when he was a Pictou town councillor years ago, representatives from all the event committees would meet to discuss the festival season. This is something he would like to see happen again to help improve communication.
New members of the executive were sworn in during the meeting. McNamara is chair, Dave McMullen is vice-chair, Tamzin Hart is secretary, John Wilson is treasurer and Kent Corbett is executive member.
The next committee meeting will be held Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in town council chambers.