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Kincardine Lighthouse Blues Festival hosts sponsorship, volunteer appreciation night

By: Liz Dadson
June 18, 2017

Sponsors and volunteers with the Bruce Telecom Lighthouse Blues Festival in Kincardine, were acknowledged for their support at an appreciation night, held Thursday, June 8, at the Bruce Steakhouse.

The 8th annual festival is slated to run July 14-16, and Brad Kirkconnell of the organizing committee, said the event could not be the success it is, without the help of sponsors and volunteers.

"We appreciate all of you who help make this happen every year," he said, "and we appreciate the Kincardine Lions Club and its major group of volunteers who have been a great partner in this for the past six years."

Kincardine mayor Anne Eadie commended the organizers for their hard work and dedication to the Blues festival which attracts visitors from all across Ontario and beyond.

"I was at a conference and there was a company there that could quantify the value of the volunteers and corporate sponsorship for a municipality," she said. "For the Municipality of Kincardine, that would be in the millions of dollars, for sure. I hope your weekend is a roaring success, with great weather."

John McManus of the Kincardine Lions Club said this is year seven for the collaboration between the club and the festival. "It's a wonderful partnership and we've benefitted by $34,000 over the six years."

Kirkconnell acknowledged the title sponsor Bruce Telecom for its commitment but noted this is the final year the company had agreed to do it.

Steve Soychak of Bruce Telecom said he can see that sponsorship continuing into the future. "We are proud to be behind this event," he said.

Other major sponsors were acknowledged, including Bruce Power, Enbridge, the Society of Energy Professionals, TD Bank, Ontario Power Generation, The Co-operators, 7 Acres, Jacques Law, Greenfield Global, myFM Radio, PRG, and the Kincardine News. The Kincardine Record is also a media sponsor of the event.

The festival begins Friday night, July 14, at 5 p.m., with an impressive line-up, including the Andre Bisson Band, Blackburn, Cheryl Lescome and the Tuscon Choir Boys, the Paul Reddick Band, the Hogtown Allstars, and the Toronzo Cannon.

Saturday, July 15, is the Business Improvement Area (BIA) street market in downtown Kincardine, with four performance stages, an antique bike exhibit, vintage British sports car display, TD Children's Zone, and Artist Row.

Saturday night, features Spencer MacKenzie, Dylan Wickens and The Grand Naturals, the Suzie Vinnick Band, Joel Johnson Band, Ghost Town Blues Band, and Joe Louis Walker.

The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band will be marching down Queen Street at 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 16, is the Gospel Revival at the gazebo in Victoria Park, featuring The Hunter Family, The Holy Rollers, Nathan Byle and Ashley Hegmans, and Bobby Dean Blackbur.

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