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Sunfest 2016 a Hot Ticket on Lake Cowichan More Than 50,000 Attend Annual Outdoor Country Music Festival featuring Carrie Underwood and Dierks Bentley

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OWICHAN VALLEY – It was loud, it was hot, it was exciting and it was a success! The July 28-31, 2016 edition of the Sunfest Country Music Festival saw more than 50,000 people turn out for the annual su m mer music spectacu la r, with headliner country music super star Carrie Underwood the keynote attraction. W h i l e p re v i o u s l y h e l d i n Duncan at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, this year’s event was held for the very first time at its new location, Laketown Ranch on Cowichan Lake. A truly spectacular 172 acre site specifically constructed to provide visitors with the ultimate festival or concert experience. Laketown Ranch has been officially described as the largest outdoor permanent concert facility in Canada.

Carrie Underwood was the headline performer at this year’s Sunfest music festival CREDIT: MALCOLME CHALMERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sunfest 2016 is also reportedly the largest outdoor crowd event ever held on Vancouver Island.


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Concert organizers have yet to calculate the final economic benefit of the four day session

to the region. As a yardstick, last year’s country music fest iva l i njected a n est i m ated $ 4 m i l l ion i nd i rect ly i nto t he reg ion a l economy, w it h another $1 million the direct result of the event’s staging. Orga n izers a re ex pecti ng to see a similar tally this year. “We’re all pretty much exh au sted but h appy t h at t he concert was such a success,” explained Emmalee Brunt, the Marketing and PR Manager for the Sunfest. “Carrie Underwood was our headliner and we k now t hat 17,500 people were in attendance at her event alone. It was a great four days. We cannot measure the actual d i rect econom ic i mpact yet as we are just fresh out of the event.” T h i s y e a r m a rk s t h e 15 t h time Sunfest has rocked the

ICTOR I A – For lovers of professional golf the place to be this September will be Victoria’s Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa as the world class venue hosts the 2016 Pacific Links Championship. “T he Pacific Links is an official PGA (Profession a l G ol f A ssoci at ion)

The Bear Mountain golf course will host the 2016 Pacific Links Championship in September

Event featuring the best golfers aged 50 and over in the world. The tournament is slated to be the biggest and highest profile golf tournament ever held on Vancouver Island,” explained Tou rna ment Di rector David Skitt. Running from September 19th to 25th the tournament will showcase the talents of some of the world’s best professional golfers

and will be telecast globally by the Golf Channel. “There will be a $2.5 million (US) prize purse up for grabs and the event will be broadcast around the world on the Golf Channel which will offer some unparalleled exposure for the golf course itself of course, but also for the entire region,” he said. SEE WORLD CLASS PGA | PAGE 30

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