The sun finally broke out on Sunday, moments after the 67th Annual Steveston Salmon Festival parade ended. An estimated crowd of more than 8,000 people descended into the city’s historic village to commemorate Canada’s 145th birthday.
The only glitch in the otherwise popular celebration was the lack of promised mechanical rides at the carnival.
“We only expected four mechanical rides, but they were smaller than we expected,” said Janice Froese, executive director of the Steveston Community Society.
“I just think that what we had envisioned and what they brought were different.”
What BC Event Makers did bring were a mini carousel, a mini train ride and a swing.
“The mechanical bull apparently was at an event the day before and had broken down, so they added another inflatable.” Nevertheless, the carnival, which included seven inflatables, was great, with line-ups all day long, Froese said.
Meanwhile, the addition of the Chef in the Festival was a resounding hit.
“Obviously that was a big success that we will bring back next year.”
Apart from improving on the carnival, everything else was fabulous, said Froese.
“All the emails and phone calls were very positive this year,” she said. “It makes us feel really great that all our hard work was appreciated.”
More than 20,000 visitors came out to explore the Ships to Shore 2012 flotilla of historic sailing vessels during the three-day maritime event.
“It was a huge success ... the crew from all the ships were great hosts and they loved sharing their seafaring stories with the crowd,” said city spokesman Ted Townsend.
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