“If you always wanted to go and never could, this might be the year of opportunity.”
The Rotary Club of Lloydminster’s Lobsterfest organizer Garth Roswell says that for the first time in years, tickets remain available for the annual Lobsterfest with less than a month to go before the event.
“And the good thing about that is next year you get first right of refusal,” he said.
Lobsterfest takes place this year on Saturday, May 2, and has long been one of the Border City’s most popular events. The Rotary Club never has to advertise the event because tickets are sold out before they can reach most of the public. Roswell says that ticket buyers from the previous year’s event automatically receive first crack on tickets for the upcoming year.
“So we phone them back and say ‘Do you want the tickets again?’ and typically it’s ‘Yes.’ So it’s sold and we’ve got a waiting list,” he explained. “What we’re discovering this year is that people that bought 20 tickets last year are buying 10 or 15 this year.”
Roswell added that many people just assume the event is already sold out, and haven’t bothered to inquire about tickets.
While Lobsterfest is known for its entertainment, it’s also one of the Rotary Club’s most successful fundraisers of the year.
Roswell says the money from Lobsterfest goes towards various community and international projects. In the past, local initiatives have included funding for the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, Vic Juba Theatre and international youth exchange programs.
This year, the Rotary Club has invited the band One Cent Melon to perform as part of the entertainment.
“People come to have a good time and party. So we come, they get their drinks, they eat their food and then they dance,” Roswell said.
For ticket information, Roswell encourages those interested to speak with a Rotary Club member if they know one, or to contact Midwest Communications in Lloydminster.