The Lynn Lake Community Development Corporation (CDC) has released details of its planned summer homecoming festival Aug 18-20. The festival will be headlined by multi-platinum recording artist and native Lynn Lake son, Tom Cochrane. In addition to Mr. Cochrane the CDC has a very full weekend of music and events planned, including musical performances by Juno Award-winning artists Devin and Keri Latimer and their band Leaf Rapids, the Richard Farrow Band and the Gaudry Boys. There will also be a $12,000 monster bingo, hosted by the Lynn Lake Friendship Centre, and the return of a much-beloved Lynn Lake tradition with a hat party social, hosted by the Lynn Lake Arena Board. The local volunteer fire department will be hosting a beer garden all weekend long and the Marcel Colomb First Nation will be putting on a weekend full of great children's activities. More information is available at www.lynnlakecdc.ca.
While the local hotels are expected to fill fast, there will be plenty of places to camp nearby, with Berge Lake and Zed Lake provincial campgrounds located five and 15 minutes out of town. Additionally, designated camping areas will be set up in town for those wishing to remain closer to the action. While it is no secret that Lynn Lake has fallen on hard times since the closure of its last mine in the 1990s, there is optimism that sunnier days lay ahead. Says CDC president Eugene Shin, “The motivation for the festival was twofold: firstly to let folks know that there is still a wonderful little community up here at the end of the road and, secondly, as an opportunity for some of the thousands of folks who’ve called Lynn Lake home at one time or another to return.”