While the heart, soul and minds are willing, the Commercial Fishermen’s Festival (CFF) board has made the hard decision to cancel the Festival this year.
“There are a few of us who have been volunteering our time year-round to this effort the past two years and several who have been volunteering even longer,” explained CFF Vice President Chris Gramson. “We all have many other activities and responsibilities in our lives and we find that we can no longer continue the efforts required to produce the Festival.”
The board plans on meeting soon to determine the long-range plans for the Festival and its mission. The board had previously considered changing the name of the organization to better reflect its mission, which included safety training for commercial fishermen, educating the public about the conservation efforts of commercial fishing and promoting seafood. There were a number of events the board planned on rolling out in the coming year designed to more highly target various aspects of its mission.
“We greatly appreciate the local and industry support of the Festival,” added board member Elizabeth McMaster. McMaster, along with her husband Martin who is also a CFF board member, own the F/V Lady Laura. “The Warrenton Business Association has been especially supportive with our move to Hammond two years ago.”