Bad weather and a bad economy have left GlobalFest looking at an estimated $100,000 loss.
Weather meant the number of walk-ups for the fireworks festival dropped by half from last year. Organizer Ken Goosen tells Global News the economy resulted in a drop in advance sales and corporate bookings. “It’s really tough. When you’re having to lay off employees, how can you then justify doing something where it could be a person whose job is the money that they would have spent.”
Overall attendance was 80,000, down more than 30,000 from last year’s total. Goosen says attendees deserve credit for sitting through the soaking rain for Saturday’s finale. “It was really a testament to what it is to be a Calgarian. You stick through the hardships, because you know at the end it’s all worth it.”
Organizers say they want to put on a big show for Canada’s 150th birthday next year. To make that happen they’re launching a crowd funding campaign aimed at raising $150,000.