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Regatta Canceled

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Kelowna's largest and longest running summer festival has pulled the pin for 2006.

Less than two months after the Fat Cat Children's Festival announced they were taking a one year sabbatical, the Kelowna Regatta decided to do the same.

In a press release issued late Friday night, the Kelowna International Regatta Association made the following announcement...

"The Kelowna International Regatta Association has made the decision to postpone the 101st Kelowna International Regatta, scheduled for July 14-16, 2006. Although the current format of Regatta has been successful, the board believes it is time to freshen up the event to reflect the diverse new interests of our growing city. Regatta is being postponed until July 20-22, 2007. Throughout 100 years of colorful history, Regatta has provided several generations of our community with memories, entertainment and culture to be proud of."

Some long-standing events that traditionally occur during Regatta will continue to proceed this year during July 14 and 15th, 2006.

The Kelowna Lady of the Lake Pageant will continue to be held at the Kelowna Community Theatre on the evening of Friday, July 14th.

On Saturday morning, July 15th the 58th Annual “Across the Lake Swim” will still occur from the Westbank Ferry Dock to Hot Sands Beach at Kelowna City Park.

Finally, the Kelowna JayCee Parade will take place Saturday, July 15th along Bernard Avenue and Water Street.

The board has some exciting ideas to improve the current format of Regatta and will be working with the newly established Festivals Kelowna organization designed to better coordinate resources for various festivals in the region.

We look forward to seeing the evolution of both Festivals Kelowna and a rejuvenated Regatta Festival in 2007.

There are many residents and visitors alike who have many fond memories from their participation in Kelowna’s longest running festival.

We look forward to providing many more years of memories and hearing from those individuals who would like to contribute what they can to continue the Regatta tradition.

We wish to THANK the many community supporters, sponsors, event coordinators, volunteers and everyone from the City who has assisted us in so many ways each and every year. Without you, Regatta could not have grown into the successful event it has been the last 100 years.

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