Late-night fun affects morning draws

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:28 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Morning draws at the Brier are notorious for not drawing big crowds.

But it isn't because tickets haven't been sold.

"Usually if you have a good night at the Brier Patch, it makes for a slow morning draw," Brier chair Peter Inch said.

Inch should know. He's getting about four hours sleep every night.

When he isn't at the John Labatt Centre, he's at the Brier Patch at the London Convention Centre.

The Brier Patch is the social gathering place for Brier fans and it does get raucous. It's also a big moneymaker.

"I thought I would just drop in Tuesday quickly before going home and we had a live band to back up karaoke singers," Inch said. "It was packed and there were some pretty good singers. I thought some of them would do well at Canadian Idol. So I decided to stick around."

As for the morning draw Wednesday, it was surprisingly well-attended considering the fun the fans had at the night before.


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