Elvis should pay for his own peanut butter and banana sandwiches!!!

I first posted the following September 2013.

It’s time to start having a grown up conversation about the Collingwood Elvis Festival. This year it lost another $40,000.00 which the citizens of Collingwood have to pony up for.

I have no problem with the festival continuing to be hosted by our town. Where I do have a problem is the town picking up the slack when it loses money. It should be self-supporting and run like a business. If it is so important to the local economy then let the people who benefit from it pay the tab; i.e. local hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, rentals etc. Because most of us people that actually live here find it a major pain in the arse. By Sunday evening of this awful weekend, I am just about ready to stick a red hot poker in my ear, after another toneless rendition of “Return to Sender” wafts across my back yard.
Let’s look at this another way. I did a post back on 13th August here:


I showed in that post how much money Collingwood United Soccer Club brings into Collingwood on the first two weekends of June with their rep boys and girls soccer tournaments. I would hazard a guess that it brings in as many if not more people and revenue into the local economy than the Elvis festival does and causes the local populace a lot less aggravation. On top of that CUSC pays the town $37,000.00 in user fees over the summer for field rentals so the club is a net contributor to the towns coffers. Can you imagine the outcry if the EB then ran a story saying the town would be coughing up $40,000.00 to cover losses generated by this soccer tournament and quite rightly so.
Chadwick originally had the right idea about this gag inducing festival back in 2004 read this:

elvis and numbers

I am not sure when it happened but he has now found religion on Elvis and has developed into one of its biggest backers. Maybe his pals on council told him that that is now the accepted way of thinking.
One last thing, because of the gradual declining demographic of the people that visit these Elvis events the decision to eventually end this festival will be made for us. Every year the hair gets greyer, the walkers more abundant and the attendees more wrinkled. Make it pay for itself and see how long it lasts.


7 thoughts on “Elvis should pay for his own peanut butter and banana sandwiches!!!

    • Sean I know you are a big fan of this event for obvious reasons. But the return visits is a complete fallacy, the only return visits that I see are a bunch of grey hairs pinching there pennies. Its a dying demographic and this festival will die along with it so lets stop the enabling and push that inevitable date with destiny forward.

      • The PRC presented statistics showing that it is a dying demographic, which is why they were directed to make a 3 year plan that took that into account. Who knows if it will succeed, but it has been recognized and addressed.

  1. I’ve never really participated in the Elvis Festival, as I don’t drink and I’m not really interested in Elvis impersonators. Having said that, I’ve been at both of the committee and council meetings where PRC Director Dean Collver presented the 3-year plan to (refine, improve, sustain) the festival, and I was very impressed.

    Let’s hope that with this new direction, we won’t be having this conversation this time every summer.

    Read: http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/2015/06/16/live–original-music-competition-will-feature-up-and-coming-contestants-3000-grand-prize

    Read: http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/5717921-collingwood-elvis-festival-targets-newbies/

    • My problem with it Steve is this festival supposedly defines our town. Its central figure was a person who lived and performed miles away from Collingwood, had no connection with Collingwood and died under questionable circumstances through over indulgence and a hedonistic lifestyle. I think that there are way more relevant and appropriate festivals our town could host but do not see the light of day because of this Elvis festival. Stop enabling it and lets see how long it lasts.

      • Man, I sure hope it isn’t what “defines” our town, but I know what you mean. I think we have to look at it from a coupe of angles.

        Should taxpayers be putting money into it? Not in my opinion. Let the BIA, Chamber of Commerce, etc, etc cover any deficits. Council has no money to give anymore, and it’ll be interesting to see how this is addressed come budget time.

        I trust PRC Director Collver to either make this work, or to put it to bed over the next 3 years. I also trust Marketing Director Martin Rydlo as to how important this event is economically to the town.

        I think that if this was a no brainer, financial success, we wouldn’t even be talking about Elvis himself. I’d still like it changed to the Elvis (Costello) festival 🙂

        Like most other “issues” in Collingwood, this event was never planned for a future. I believe that this is now being done.

        New festivals/events (Sidelaunch Days, Craft Beer Festival, Get out on the Water…) are happening.

        I’m as critical as you are VFAN, but I do believe that the right staff and council are in place to either turn this event around, or cut it loose over the next 3 years.

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