2014 the final year for Vancouver Sausage Fest

first_imgSay goodbye to Sir Links A Lot.This is the last year of the lederhosen-clad mascot, the last year of sausages on a stick and festival rides. The Vancouver Sausage Fest will sizzle away for good after its 43rd annual celebration in September. The event, which helps raise funds for St. Joseph Catholic School and other charities, had a good run, but it’s time for something different, organizers said.But first, it will go out in a fat-popping blaze of glory in honor of the school’s 60th anniversary, said Carrie Moschetti, pastoral assistant for administration at the school and parish.“It was a decision made by the councils and the fathers,” Moschetti said. “It will still be the same time frame for the final event. And it will be part of the 60th anniversary celebration for the school this year.” The festival, which draws between 25,000 and 30,000 people annually, had been a big money maker for the school for many years, but it wasn’t really keeping up with the need, she said.“It made money, but not so much in recent years,” Moschetti said.The theme was also a bit out of date, said Judy McMorine, development director for the school. “It’s seen its time,” she said. Gene Munson, one of the festival’s founders, said he thinks the festival’s popularity and draw declined in recent years. “Am I sad about it? I don’t know,” Munson said. “That may sound like a strange answer. I think they overspent, overcharged people. They eliminated so much. They got rid of the dinner and some of the entertainment. The beer garden used to always have live entertainment. One year, the Kingsmen played. They don’t have any of that anymore.”last_img

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