Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES to receive $250,000 in one-time funding from the B.C. government to assist with pandemic recovery. (File photo)

ROOTSandBLUES among North Okanagan-Shuswap events to benefit from recovery funding

NDP provides nearly $1.2 million to 24 local events to help recover from the pandemic

Organizations behind several annual Shuswap events will benefit from $30 million in pandemic recovery funding being provided by the B.C. government.

Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES is one of 680 groups across B.C. to receive one-time grant funding from the province, money that’s intended to assist eligible event organizers in their efforts to resume safely from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vernon-Monashee New Democrat MLA Harwinder Sandhu said the funding will help local fairs, festivals and community events resume in the North Okanagan and Shuswap.

A total of 24 fairs, festivals, and events in the North Okanagan and Shuswap will receive nearly $1.2 million in recovery funding.

“Community events are such a big part of our region, delighting tourists and locals alike, and bringing us all together like nothing else can,” said Sandhu. “They also provide incredibly important economic benefits. I’m excited to see all of these event organizers getting the support they need to keep our communities vibrant, and want to send a special thank you to the folks who run the IPE who worked so closely with our team and government to see these supports through.”

Successful recipients demonstrated the economic and social benefits of their event, as well as strong local or regional support. Examples of eligible expenses include operational costs, health and safety measures, venue rental, marketing, wages and promotion.



• Interior Provincial Exhibition – $250,000;

• Caravan Farm Theatre Society, Audio Land Walks, self-guided journeys – $10,296;

• Caravan Farm Theatre Society, Film Festival, Canadian and international films – $5,102;


• Kalamalka Classic Paddleboard Festival – $4,650;


• 102nd annual Falkland Stampede – $35,770;

Historic O’Keefe Ranch (Spallumcheen)

• Winter Blues Plaid Party (during Vernon Winter Carnival) – $3,900;


• Lumby Days Family Festival – $7,500;

Salmon Arm

• Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival – $250,000;

• Salmon Arm Fair – $39,200;

• Theatre on the Edge Festival – $4,850;


• Kitelc Festival – $5,000

SilverStar Mountain Resort

• SilverStar Bike Fest – $127,160;

• Seismic Fest – $50,000;


• Blackhorse (Summer Show) – $68,811;

• Bloom Tulip Festival – $47,421;

• Bloom Sunflower Festival – $19,975;


• Greater Vernon B.C. Winter Games – $121,565;

• Okanagan Military Tattoo – $50,000;

• Vernon Winter Carnival – $50,000;

• Peak Pride – $36,600;

• Theatre BC Provincial Mainstage – $15,428;

• Freaky Creeky – $7,200;

• Okanagan Rail Ride – $5,500;

• Fintry Fairs – $5,394;

• Vernon Kokanee Swim Club Fall Invitational Swim Meet – $2,923;

• Women’s Bombshell Enduro – $2,600.

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