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|Date Aired or Published||Aug. 6, 2016|
|Media outlet where first aired or published:||Telegraph-Journal|
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Short explanation of the story and how it developed:The legend of the Strawberry Fields festival has swirled around southeastern New Brunswick for decades now. I first heard the story as a patron at a record store in Moncton at which I would later go on to work. Though we are only able to speculate on the magnitude of the festival had it transpired in Barachois, the proposed lineup could have rivalled Woodstock in terms of the acts that were due to perform as well as in terms of historical importance. The article spurred much discussion and nostalgia on social media networks for residents of New Brunswick and beyond, and prompted a follow-up radio interview at a Halifax station about this festival-to-be in little Barachois.
Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:Ken Kelley took on this story more than a month before it was published. He needed to find people who were around in the 1970s who remembered this festival that wasn't. He also scoured old newspaper articles to get a sense of what was being said, and how people were reacting as the fated festival drew nearer.