The 2013 Sturgis North Motorcycle Jamboree and Music Festival proposed for Silvery Beach near Chase has screeched to a stop.
Sgt. Gary Heebner of Chase RCMP told Chase council Tuesday that the event has been cancelled. He said it’s unknown if the jamboree will be located at the same site in 2014, and it’s rumoured organizers might be looking at a venue in Merritt.
Heebner told the Shuswap Market News that police were informed Friday by the Neskonlith Indian Band that Sturgis North was being cancelled.
The Market News could not reach Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith band nor Joan Hansen, president of Sturgis North, for comment prior to the newspaper’s deadline.
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District also received word from Chase RCMP that the event has been cancelled.
Cpl. Mark Skotnicki sent an email Tuesday to the CSRD, noting that the organizers have cancelled the event and so restrictions on police officers taking leave during the event could be rescinded.
Matt Noble, chief administrative officer for the City of Merritt, told the Market News that the city has received no official overture from Sturgis North.
Brad Handel, owner of Techlectric, one of the businesses owed money from the 2011 motorcycle rally in Salmon Arm and area, said he sees the cancellation as positive.
“We were never going to get our money back anyway, so the reality is, at least they’re going to stop creating more debt.”
In 2012, the Motoplex Speedway and Event Park in Spallumcheen hosted the event.