The Hunter Brothers Canada Day Concert was a great show paying big dividends to a number of community groups in Killarney.
The concert on July 1 attracts nearly 3,000 people and will ultimately bring in a profit of $39,000.
Liana Smith is the Executive Director of the Shamrock Center and is part of the organizing committee. She says they were delighted with the turnout and how the Canada Day festivities in Killarney went.
“It was a fabulous experience. It took us about a year to plan the whole event. We had a great committee that pulled it all together. Most user groups will benefit from it. We have minor hockey , Minor Ball, Early Roots Learning and all the groups that have helped us with volunteers will share in the proceeds.
“We were hoping to hit the 3,000 mark and we hit 2,900, so that was great and we couldn’t be more proud of what we achieved,” said Smith.
The Kinsmen Club and the local agricultural society stepped up and provided the funding so the host committee could secure the band and these groups got their money back.
“We meet next Thursday to decide what to do in 2023. We want to do something but we’re not sure how big because to get back to being as big as the Hunter Brothers or if we want to shrink it a bit, but we will . definitely do something again next year,” said Liana Smith.
Smith thinks the community could run another large-scale event in 2023, but she says committee members will take the next week to assess the July 1 schedule to find ways to improve things and do they want to stay with country music theme and things like that. So there’s a lot of thinking to be done about what happens next.
Next year Canada Day falls on a Saturday and Liana Smith says it would be another good year for a large-scale event. She says the biggest question in planning any Canada Day program is what the weather will be like.
Host Committee Member Liana Smith talks about Canada Day in Killarney and what lies ahead: