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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular postponed for 2020

Owen Sound | by Bayshore News Staff  

Interview with Derby Co-Chair John Ford

The Sydenham Sportsmen's Association and the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular Committee have announced the postponement of this year's Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular until 2021.

In a news release, the SSA announced that the derby which was to run August 28th to September 6th, 2020, will not be held "in the best interest of the Public Safety for all of our Volunteers, Sydenham Sportsmen members, our great Sponsors and Derby participants."

"While our committee would like to see our event take place for 2020, the current COVID-19 developments currently and in the future are unclear making the decision very difficult. We have been monitoring the developments of COVID-19 since March and we feel your family’s health and the health of our great community Owen Sound and the Grey Bruce region is of the utmost important factor in our decision. We ask that everyone follow the instruction of our health officials at this time, stay home, avoid non-essential travel and please be safe."

The Salmon Spectacular draws thousands of entrants each year, and thousands more attend evening concerts and other activities under the big tent during the ten days of the Derby.

The 33rd Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular will now be held Friday August 27th to Sunday September 5th, 2021. Tickets purchased for the 2020 Derby will be honoured for the 2021 dates, and draw tickets for the 2020 Boat and Recreational Draw will be honoured for next year's Derby as well.

Read the entire news release below:


NEWS RELEASE:
 
Following much consideration, The Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association and the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular Committee have decided to postpone this year’s event set for Friday August 28th to Sunday September 6th, 2020. Our 2020 Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular committee found it to be in the best interest of the Public Safety for all of our Volunteers, Sydenham Sportsmen members, our great Sponsors and Derby participants.
 
While our committee would like to see our event take place for 2020, the current COVID-19 developments currently and in the future are unclear making the decision very difficult. We have been monitoring the developments of COVID-19 since March and we feel your family’s health and the health of our great community Owen Sound and the Grey Bruce region is of the utmost important factor in our decision. We ask that everyone follow the instruction of our health officials at this time, stay home, avoid non-essential travel and please be safe.
 
Our planning for the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular begins in September following our event each year and takes well over 550 volunteers, 270 sponsors and 5000 derby participants to put on an event this size.  The 2020 Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular Committee is so grateful for the commitment of our many sponsors and participants over the 33 years. Your dedication and support for this event is the sole reason the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular has become the biggest festival in our region.  
 
Due to the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic all Derby participants that purchased derby tickets in 2020 will be honoured for the 2021 Derby on Friday August 27 to September 5, 2021. The AGCO registrar and the City of Owen Sound are providing the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular with as much flexibility as possible in the application of the Terms and Conditions to the current Boat Draw Lottery Licence.  This being said, anyone who has purchased the 2020 Boat and Recreational Draw Tickets will be honoured for the 2021 Derby with the Draw date being Sunday September 5, 2021@ 6:45 pm at the Georgian Shores Marina. Due to the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic the AGCO registrar and the City of Owen Sound has allowed this within our licence.
 
During these difficult times and subsequent financial hardships, it is now our opportunity as a committee and Conservation club to show our overwhelming support to our sponsors.  We are asking everyone in our community and organization to return the favour of commitment and dedication to our sponsors listed below:  Once again thank you to our 270 Sponsors.
 
Together we can beat this virus and the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular will be back even bigger for 2021. On behalf of the 2020 Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular committee we wish everyone all the best, stay safe and see everyone at the 2021 33rd Annual Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular on Friday August 27 to September 5, 2021.
 
Fish On and Be Safe
 
Thank You
Yours In Conservation
 
Chris Geberdt Prize Chair, Fred Geberdt, Mike Prevost, John Ford Co-Chairs and the 2020 Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular Committee

 

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