39 Days of July deserves praise and support
It seems that the hard work and commitment of Long John and the organizers of this great event is finally paying off and putting Duncan on the map.
The crowds watching this ongoing event were really impressive. Up to 200-plus happy spectators for performances in the park and 500-plus at City Square events, were watching daily talent competitions, dance studio showcases, bands and amazing acts by local, Canadian and international talent.
We saw many young families, seniors, people with special needs, artists, students and a lot of tourists. Even a few pillars of Cowichan society’s Who’s Who list showed up once in a while. It is great to see that 39 Days of July is also attracting those demographics that cannot afford $500-plus to take the family out to Sunfest or to Vancouver to see Bono, Gaga or the Justin Biebers of the world. I think with an estimated total of over 35,000 spectators this event should finally get the attention of local governments and the province — hello Sonia! Any public grant money and support for this kind of cultural and social enrichment to the Valley would be well deserved and great for Cowichan’s future.