IPE do-si-dos into the wee hours

Armstrong council extends noise bylaw so dances can go ahead

Cowboys, cowgirls and fans can kick up their heels in Armstrong during the Interior Provincial Exhibition.

The IPE has asked council for a one-hour extension of its exemption from the noise bylaw to 1 a.m. Aug. 31, and Sept. 1 to accommodate an on-site barn dance.

“The dance will be in a fully enclosed tent and it will be fully fenced,” said IPE general manager Bryan Burns.

“It would host a maximum of 850 people but we anticipate crowds of 450 to 650.”

The dance would start immediately after the Canadian professional rodeo, likely at around 10 p.m.

Alcohol will be available and will be served until 12:30 a.m. at last call.

The dance shuts down at 1 a.m.

“The barn dance is to further enhance the IPE and stampede as a first-class event,” said Burns.

“A barn dance concept is one of the items that has been communicated to us as something missing at our event.”

Burns said a new security company has been hired to ensure safety and that people comply with the rules during the barn dances.

A free shuttle bus will be provided to the Best Western Vernon Lodge and Prestige Inn in Vernon after each dance.

Coun. Shirley Fowler said it’s not like the IPE is adding another party.

“There’s other liquor licences on the grounds,” said Fowler.

“It’s consolidating. We’re not increasing the number of venues to help people get into the cowboy spirit. It’s centralizing it into one location.”

Council members unanimously approved the extension request.