The $57,000 72 hour fake lake has been the poster child for the record-breaking budget surrounding the G8/G20 Summit being held in Canada this weekend. Last I checked the overall budget was around $1.2 Billion to host these summits – which are split between Huntsville (G8) and Toronto (G20). It was all supposed to be in Huntsville originally, but the G20 proved to be too big for the tourist area.
In any case, lots of people were questioning the high budget estimation and it seemed that things really escalated once plans for what was initially reported as a $2 million fake lake were circulated. It later turned out that the $2 million number was for the entire “Experience Canada” pavillion which included this famous fake lake. The fake lake’s specific cost was pegged at $57,000.
Both draws will come to a close Thursday night (June 24th).