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Flooded grounds cancel annual Jamfest

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Soggy grounds led to the cancellation of the Quyon Jamfest, one of the municipality’s biggest annual fundraisers.

Cheryl Dolan

MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Elvis wasn't dancing in his blue suede shoes this spring at the Quyon fairgrounds, but waswading in the overflow of the Ottawa and Quyon Rivers! The Quyon Jamfest Committee decided that because of record high waters and the uncertainty of the condition of the grounds for the event at the end of June, it would be pragmatic to cancel this year’s Jamfest.
“We wanted to be able to give musicians and campers fair notice of the cancellation and not wait until just two weeks before the event,” said Heather Desabrais, secretary of the Quyon Jamfest, noting musicians and campers can now better plan their summer. 
The event went ahead as planned after the major flood in 2017, but the grounds were still quite wet and many trailers had to be pulled out by tractors. The Committee didn’t want to repeat that situation, nor put pressure on the municipality to fix the grounds following the Quyon Community Centre’s septic installation since, according to Desabrais, they realize people’s homes and municipal infrastructure are bigger priorities.
The Committee considered moving the event to another venue, but realized there would be too many hurdles to overcome and organize in six weeks.