President’s Post-Festival Message

Here’s the 2013 post-festival message from the president of the Kispiox Valley Music Festival Society, Joe Sullivan:

Well, there is nothing to say except that everyone did a most remarkable job this weekend and produced the largest and best festival that we’ve ever had.  I think that I, like many of you, was overwhelmed by the attendance which surpassed last years record attendance by at least 30%.  it is likely that we hosted over 3000 guests this weekend.  Byron, you did an absolutely outstanding job on the camping and allowed for much more space for the campers.  I can’t say enougth about your accomplishments in that area.  Along with that, Brian at the gate did an unbelievable job at getting everyone paid up and through the gate.  I don’t know how you did it but I do know that you did it very well. By all accounts, including my own, the food in the performers hut surpassed expectations.  With the added number of people to feed it amazes me how well your staff handled the load with such equanimity and grace, Roslyn!!

The danger of starting to name those who deserve recognition is that someone will be missed.  I can think of no area of effort in this festival that was not handled in as professional a manner as we’ve ever had.  The board members, and Geoff with his ability to keep us all informed on the mail list, was just outstanding.  Special thanks to Brad who was run ragged keeping the sound systems at their peak performance.  Well done. Brad has also done a remarkable job with our web site and deserves all of our thanks.  Geoff did ar remarkable job at keeping the production of the festival on an even keel and deserves our heartfelt thanks for his efforts.  And our secretary, Ryan, was really on top of things and kept us well informed on where we were headed and how we would get there.  Our treasurer, Jen, had her hands full this weekend, for sure, taking care of business in the largest take we’ve ever had.  Looking after and safely getting $100,000 from the gate to the bank is phenomenal.  That’s right folks.  we brought in almost $100,000 at the gate alone.  that is amazing.  also, many of our vendors had to leave early because they had sold out.  It seems that our festival was successful for all who attended.

I don’t possess enough superlatives to adequatly thank all of those who volunteered and made this festival so very special.  A huge thank you to all of you.  We will be having a wrap up meeting in a few weeks and want all of you to participate in that meeting.  Please remember that we are headed towards our 20th anniversary next year.  Our 19th festival is a great lead up to this big anniversary event.  We’ve got lots of work to do for that and we will need everyone’s input on how we might make it even better than this year, if that is even possible.  I fear that we may be on the verge of being victims of our success so we need to be busy and vigilant as we move forward.

In the 19 years that I’ve been a part of the festival, I can say without a doubt that this was the best group of people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years.  To every one of you I say that you’ve got my greatest admiration for a job very well done.  Thank you so much to all of you. Our board is fantastic and the efforts and ideas contributed by Chris, Darren, Andi, and Erly were huge in getting us through this huge success.   Please plan on being part of the 20th anniversary team.  I know that I’ll be there.  If any names have been missed it is not because your efforts weren’t appreciated as well.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Any omissions  are my own mistakes and I apologize for them as I know that I’ve made many.

For a job extremely well done:  THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Joe (pres)