With the last cruise ship in port Tuesday we can officially say that Summer has come to a close. It was a busy season here at the Chamber and we will have preliminary numbers for the Visitor Center in the next couple of weeks. This year we saw an increase in RV traffic, bear viewers and an increase in visitors in the fall shoulder season.
The Events Committee has been hard at work planning Casino Royale for October 20th. The inaugural event and fundraiser will be a lot of fun with casino games: black jack, roulette, craps and poker. The Grand Prize is a 4 day/3 night trip to Las Vegas that includes round trip airfare, hotel and $250 gift card to your choice of Nobu, Emeril's New Orleans Fish House or Fleming's Steakhouse. Tickets are available now and includes $1,000 in gaming chips, drink ticket and h'dourves. Upgrade your ticket to a Golden Ticket which includes admission for 2, $2,000 in gaming chips, overnight stay at Lands End Resort and breakfast.
Saturday the 33rd Annual Jackpot Halibut Derby came to a close, the winning fish was caught by Ashley Camp from Vancouver, British Columbia with a 221.4 pound and 76 inch halibut. The fish was caught with Midnight Sun Charters and Captain Brian Nollar on the Bell Ile. Prizes for the Jackpot Fish, Released Fish, Kids Prize, Captains Prize, Top Seller and Just for the Halibut will be drawn on Thursday, September 20th at 3pm. The prize ceremony will be live streamed on Facebook.