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Boonstock forging ahead

Boonstock Music and Arts Festival organizers provided facts and answered questions at a lively forum at the Penticton Chamber of Commerce Tuesday night.

Included in the information was that Boonstock and 24/7 Security Limited have partnered for the festival on the August long weekend.

"Boonstock Music and Arts Festival has always been about the music and the fans. The safety and security of everyone who attends this event: the artists, the fans, the volunteers, my staff has always been my paramount priority," said Colin Kobza, president of Boonstock Productions. "Today I am pleased to announce that we have entered into partnership with 24/7 Security Ltd."

Kobza was joined by others involved in planning the festival at the standing room only forum.

Most chamber members said they welcomed the idea of the festival coming to Penticton. And the evening began with Campbell Watt, president of the chamber, enthusiastically welcoming the speakers.

Barb Haynes, director of operations for the festival, gave the bulk of the presentation and answered questions about traffic and safety plans and the economic benefit to the community.

In addition to discussing the new security partnership, she talked about special occasion licensing.

"We had a deadline, and we have met that deadline," she said. "I do not anticipate any more difficulty with it."




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