- Heritage sport of Northern Vancouver Island
- World class Logging Sports attracting international competitors.
- Largest prize package and most events Logger Sports in Canada
- North American Lumberjack Guide rating – 4th in North America
- Most family orientated Logger Sports with competitions for Youth (8-11), Teens (12-15), Novice, intermediate, Ladies, Professional (Open)
- locals only “Best in the Bush” Competition and Media Challenge.
- Filmed by the Lumberjack Company for TSN
- Segment of Dutch TV Series “Ruben & Geraldine” was filmed during our Saturday Competition
- Barbequed salmon meals are available for lunch or supper. This event is run by a local Community group as a fundraiser for their charitable projects.
- All children 3 and up pay a daily entry fee to the grounds then for those 18 and under the Climbing Wall, Bouncers, Face Painting, Train Ride, etc are FREE all day.
OUTDOOR STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
- Stage entertainment is provided throughout the Festival and features local entertainers.
SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY AND BUSINESSES
It is the policy of the Salmon Festival to purchase goods or services locally and if possible,from a sponsor. In 2016 we purchased $ 85,510.27 worth of goods and services from local businesses.
Salmon Festival hires or makes donation to community groups or individuals to assist us in delivering our programs and provide the community groups with much needed funds to carry out their charitable programs. In 2016 we paid or donated $31,843.75 to the following for those services.
Search & Rescue Mountainaire Avian Rescue Local Entertainers Campbellton Neighborhood association
St. John Ambulance Competition Judges Face painters Kids Rides Local Workers
The Festival not only provides financial assistance to community groups, but it is our policy to provide our assets free and assist with the delivery and set-up of those items. Last year we assisted 50 community organizations with 57 events in Campbell River, Black Creek and Comox Valley which saved them rental, building or storage costs. This not only saved the groups $34,075.00, but also saved the businesses, as groups did not have to seek donations to rent the items.
We know 20% of the spectators and 70% of our competitors came from outside Campbell River and most stayed one night and purchased meals during their stay. With what we spend locally, plus what we estimate is spent at restaurants with our Logger Sports ending at supper time, a conservative economic impact would be $780.000.00. This does not take into consideration the value of Television coverage on TSN and Dutch TV plus our 2011, 2012 & 2014 Logging Sports competitions on YouTube.
SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY
Our annual expenditures for 2016 were $192,032.98 and came from the following:
60.5% or $117,394.24 from donated cash, goods and services.
10.3% or $20,000.00 Grant-In-Aid from the City of Campbell River
22.3% or $43,185.23 from a Community Gaming Grant
The remaining 6.9% or $ 13,453.51 came from gate admission fees, booth fees, registration, bars, etc.
Not included is $30,000+ value of volunteer labour and $34,075 value of assistance to Community groups