RespectFest seeks participants

There’s more time to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Organizers of the North Okanagan RespectFest have extended the deadline to June 9 for community groups that would like to apply to be part of the festival from Sept. 18 to 24.

Groups and individuals interested in coordinating and hosting a RespectFEST event for the public are asked to complete an online application form and submit it to the Downtown Vernon Association. The form is available at The original deadline was May 31, with about 10 applications already being received.

“We are really excited by the quality of the events that have been proposed and we want to extend the opportunity to participate to as many groups as possible, perhaps reaching up to 20 complementary events during the week. We have extended the deadline to encourage further applications,” said co-ordinator, Lauren Gilley.

“Additionally, there is some funding available as well as marketing support,” says Gilley.