Weekend events to proceed despite smoke

By Doug Collins
August 10, 2017 - 7:06am

KAMLOOPS — Two of the City's major annual events are going ahead this weekend, despite the smoky skies, and a warning from a professor at Thompson Rivers University that the smoke is causing serious air pollution.

Bryce Herman, spokesman for the big Ribfest Celebration at Riverside Park, says the event is going to move ahead.

He said organizers looked at the situation, but decided that they could proceed despite the smoke.

Herman says he's hoping those evacuees still in town will find it a good opportunity for some free entertainment and a chance to do something out of the ordinary while they are forced away from home.

RibFest runs from tomorrow through Sunday.

Also proceeding is Hot Nite in the City, the annual car show with literally hundreds of cars lined up from First to 6th avenue downtown on Victoria Street from 9-6 Saturday.

Sunday, vehicles gather at Heritage House Parking Lot from 9-1 for the RibFest show and shine. 

One event did get cancelled because of the smoke in the air.

The Dragon Boat Festival, a much more physical event with more potential for physical problems, will not go this weekend. 

Yesterday, TRU Professor Michael Mehta called for the Domtar Pulp Mill to be shut down until air quality improves, and suggested the weekend fun events should be cancelled. 

He says it seems Kamloops residents aren't taking the public health risk caused by wildfire smoke seriously enough.

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