RespectFest extends deadline

RespectFest extends deadline

Organizers of the North Okanagan RespectFEST 2017 have extended the deadline for community groups that would like to apply to be part of the week-long festival set for Sept. 8-14.

Deadline to enter is now Friday.

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 (DVA). The form is available at The original deadline was May 31, with approximately 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,” said RespectFEST coordinator Lauren Gilley.

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

RespectFEST 2017 celebrates respect and diversity in the North Okanagan.

It is a week-long public event marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. RespectFEST 2017 is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan, the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Downtown Vernon Association and will feature art walks, educational activities, a multicultural festival and garden, and the creation of a public art piece.

Applications for performers and vendors are also available online and volunteers will be needed as well once the complete event schedule is determined.

Details about RespectFEST are posted online at as they become available.

The event is also mentioned in WestJet’s May magazine. An advertising feature on Okanagan summertime escapes includes Vernon. It lists various attractions in the area, accommodations and RespectFEST.