No extra time for barn dance

Armstrong council voted unanimously to deny the IPE’s request to extend the hours of its popular barn dances

There will be no added time for dancing during the Interior Provincial Exhibition.

Armstrong council voted unanimously to deny the IPE’s request to extend the hours of its popular barn dances to 1:30 a.m. on the Friday and Saturday evenings of the annual fair.

“We had some issues with granting that,” said Coun. Kelly Rowe, who put forth a motion to keep the hours the same as last year, having the dances shut down at 1 a.m., to which council unanimously agreed.

In a letter to council, IPE general manager Bryan Burns explained that the barn dances would begin at 9:45 p.m. and hoped to have them end at 1:30 due to the fact the popular IPE rodeo ends between 9:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

“It would be nice to have the extra hour-and-a-half from midnight to 1:30 a.m. to enjoy the country barn dance atmosphere,” wrote Burns.

Rowe said council received no written complaints about last year’s dances, which closed at 1 a.m.

Coun. Ryan Nitchie thought the matter should be referred to the RCMP as the issue deals a lot with security for the event.

Coun. Shirley Fowler explained that the liquor license for the event is not granted until after RCMP approval.

“We can approve the noise part of it (the application),” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

Burns said the IPE has entered into a five-year contract with International Crowd Management (ICM) Inc. to provide consulting, security, crowd management, guest and medical services for the IPE.