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Rotary Club’s Lobster Festival event cancelled
The second annual Osoyoos Rotary Club’s Lobster Fest has been cancelled due to slow ticket sales.
“We had to sell 150 tickets in order to break even and after our board met last week, we decided that because of the lack of sales, that we weren’t willing to risk ordering our lobsters all the way from the East Coast and then not being able to hold the event,” said Cheryle King, the past president of the Osoyoos Rotary Club and one of the organizers of last year’s inaugural event.
Last year’s event was a huge success as all 210 tickets were sold out well in advance.
Proceeds from that event were donated to the Osoyoos Splash Park, which had a soft opening several weeks ago and hopes to be fully operational by early next spring.
The Rotary Club board of directors met last Thursday and decided it would not be feasible to try and hold the Lobster Fest, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 in Gyro Park, with less than 50 tickets sold to date, said King.
“Last year’s event was sold out well in advance and I guess too many people thought that it would be an easy sell and we didn’t really get a lot of our members trying to sell tickets until after the August long weekend,” she said. “We sat back and waited a bit too long and decided we couldn’t risk trying to hold the event considering the lack of ticket sales.
“We have received quite a few calls from various groups over the past couple of days saying they wanted a bunch of tickets, but, unfortunately, it’s a little too late and we’ve made the decision to cancel the event for this year. We’re a not-for-profit organization and we simply couldn’t risk losing a big chunk of money if the event wasn’t sold out.”
Considering the tremendous response last year, the Osoyoos Rotary Club does believe a Lobster Festival held after the busy summer tourist season can be a success next year and for years to come, said King.
It takes a lot of time and effort to organize an event of this magnitude and the plan will be to start promoting the event and selling tickets much sooner in 2014, said King.
A similar Lobster Fest has been held in Penticton for several years with great community support and there’s no reason Osoyoos can’t host a terrific event for years to come, she said.
Anyone who has already purchased tickets for the Lobster Fest will receive a full refund.
They can get a hold of King at 250-495-7751 and she will ensure they receive their refund.
Anyone interested in helping organize a Lobster Fest in Osoyoos for 2014 can also get in touch with King as the same phone number.