Disappointment at vendor selection for festival

Keremeos service group unhappy at concession that competes with their fund raising efforts

To the Editor:

I am writing to let you know how disappointed we are, as members of Similkameen Country, that you choose to include a for profit, out of town vendor into the Sizzlefest. One who would be in direct competition with the Royal Purple concession.

We have been involved in the pepper fest since its conception, rain or shine.

Volunteer organizations are having enough problems with fund raising without being undermined by their own communities.

The majority of our hard earned dollars stay in the valley, including an eight hundred dollar bursary to the school.

Perhaps we will not have enough revenue this year to fund as large a bursary, and if so we will probably not have the funds to pay membership dues to an organization which does not support us.

We have decided to opt out of the Sizzlefest this year as the kitchen is too far from the rest of the festivities and the other vendor will be more accessible to the public.

We feel we would be at a decided disadvantage and it would not be worth our while to participate.

Marnie Farren. Royal Purple, Keremeos

 

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