Guests at a Father's Day barbecue at Semiahmoo Fish and Game club play with animals in a petting zoo.

Guests at a Father's Day barbecue at Semiahmoo Fish and Game club play with animals in a petting zoo.

Barbecue rebounds

Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club's annual Father’s Day salmon barbecue bounces back to respectable numbers

Members of the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club weren’t singing any blues over their annual Father’s Day salmon barbecue this year.

While the major fundraising event for the club took a hit with low attendance last year, it bounced back to respectable numbers Sunday, even under cloudy skies.

The event usually draws between 600 and 800 people, Art Wahl, a director of the club, said.

“We were down some in numbers – but we put that down to the colder weather,” he said.

“We figure we probably got over 600 at the event – and we sold over 400 salmon dinners. People were enjoying themselves. It was a little bit down from what we thought we might do, but then, earlier in the week, they’d been forecasting sun for Sunday.”

Wahl said the club will have to wait for all the bills to come in to the treasurer before any estimate can be made of how well they did in raising funds.

“But we made money – it was a great deal,” he said, adding that the petting zoo, and the release of 26,000 fry into the Little Campbell River proved as popular as ever with younger visitors.

“All in all, it was great day.”