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Funtastic festival requesting more funds from Vernon

The society is looking for support from the city to reduce rental costs
The stage is set to rock for three nights June 30-July 2 at the DND grounds for the Funtastic A&W Music Festival. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

The local Funtastic Music Festival is looking for more funds from the city.

A report issued to Vernon administration asks for support from the City to reduce rental costs and increase baseball diamond maintenance.

“On April 26, 2023, Administration met with Funtastic Society representatives to discuss specifics regarding their requests in their letter,” the report states. “The society indicated that they are facing several increased costs related to their event and are investigating all options to reduce costs to ensure the event continues in the future.”

The City already provides significant support to the Society, as during the three day weekend event, operations provides clean-up, barricades, parking lot grading, and permanent staffing of the washrooms for the duration of the event.

The additional funds requested by the Society is estimated to cost an additional $9,000.

The matter will be debated at the upcoming council meeting on Tuesday, May 23.

The Funtastic Music Festival and Slo Pitch tournament takes place June 30- July 2. Funtastic Sports Society is a non-profit organization who looks to enhance the quality of life of residents by advocating for active lifestyles, and funding community initiatives. They have raised more than $2.1 million through their annual Music Festival and Slo Pitch tournament, with funds being distributed back into the community.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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