This summer’s Brockville Tall Ships Festival has left behind a surplus of more than $100,000.
Festival committee chairman Brian Burns this week told city councillors the Labour Day weekend event has left organizers with a surplus of $100,701.91, buoyed by significant Ontario government grants, “very strong corporate support,” and “greater attendance than expected.”
Council’s economic development, recreation and tourism committee is recommending the money be put in a reserve to be used toward future Tall Ships festivals.
“It couldn’t happen without the volunteers, and it can’t happen without the leadership of some of the city staff,” said Burns.
“You have the gratitude of the city because you certainly presented an event that we were all so proud of,” said committee chairwoman Coun. Jane Fullarton.
The Tall Ships Festival, the third edition of what has become Brockville’s blockbuster tourism event, packed the waterfront as it did the two previous times, in 2016 and 2013. This year’s highlight was the iconic Canadian vessel Bluenose II.