PICTOU – The Pictou Lobster Carnival ended its 80th anniversary celebrations with money in the bank.
Raymond Falconer cuts the net, with a Grohmann knife, to kick off the 80th Pictou Lobster Carnival. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS
Once in jeopardy of discontinuing because of financial woes, the carnival has paid all its outstanding bills and still has $17,663 in the bank, said Kent Corbett, executive member of the carnival committee.
In addition to this, he said, it is expecting an additional $8,600 from an HST cheque so the carnival is off to a great start for its 81st celebrations.
“We had a lot of stuff in our favour this year,” he said. “Moving everything to the one location helped us save money and we had lucked into some sales when we went to purchase the liquor for the beer garden.”
He said there are some things the carnival can work on to improve for next year, but overall there have been good reports from the community about the July event.
Corbett said the air show was a big hit both Friday night and Saturday morning and the boat races are always a draw for people.
“As far as the entertainment goes, there was something for everyone,” he said.
The car show on Sunday had the second largest number of registrants, he said.
The lobster carnival committee was in dire straits about two years ago when it announced it had a huge deficit to pay, no money in the bank and a lack of volunteers to help out.
The community came together, new people joined the board and the 2013 carnival was scaled back to save some money. The committee fundraised throughout the year and Corbett says it was able to erase the debt and start this year’s festivities with some money in the bank.
He said the only thing still lacking in this year’s carnival was a need for people to volunteer as grounds crew. He said it’s difficult for a handful of people to be in different places at once to set up and tear down events.
“You can never have enough volunteers,” he said. “We definitely have to recruit some able-bodied people for the grounds crew.”
Corbett said the committee will begin planning for next year in the fall and the carnival’s annual general meeting will be held in October. A new fundraising schedule will be released at this time as well.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the fundraising events or with the carnival committee is welcome to attend the meeting which is open to the public.