New Trout Festival president takes on challenge

When Laurie Sealey was asked to become president of the Trout Festival, she had never organized a big event before and was nervous.

With the festival set to start on June 28, preparations for it are ramping up. Meetings are held every Tuesday until the festival begins.

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“I’ve got a couple of veterans, people that have been there. I mean, veteran in the sense that they’ve been on the committee before,” Sealey said.

“So any time I have a question, I just go to them and it’s been amazing. The challenge has been me kind of putting myself out there.”

New this year for the Trout Festival is Eric the Juggler, who will help provide a boost to the entertainment. The band Mother Groove will also be making their return to the Trout Festival. The Fish Fry and Car Show will be set up and the festival’s website will get a facelift to provide a page for  festival activities and a volunteer sign-up.

“It was a huge, huge learning experience and it’s exciting,” Sealey said.

“I’m looking forward to next year, because it’s the 70th festival. We’re going to try to make that quite a nostalgic type. I’ve already got ideas.”

Sealey said organizing the festival has been a huge learning experience.

“The biggest thing I have learned is riding around asking for sponsorships from businesses,” she said. “I’ve never really had a public position where I have had to mingle.”

Sealey is going above and beyond in her search for information to help her.

“I have actually reached out to other small towns, because they’ve had ideas,” she said.

“I’ve gotten help that way.”

There are still a few volunteer slots open, for the Fish Fry and 50-50 ticket sales. Sealey said she expects Flin Flon residents will step up.

“We’ve got a fantastic town that always jumps in and helps with anything,” she said.

“If something goes on in this town, the people are always behind you. And that’s what I’m expecting for the festival.”

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