Vernon and North Okanagan
IPE falls short of 150,000 mark
Sep 3, 2013 / 12:23 pm
A wet, rainy Thursday prevented the IPE in Armstrong from surpassing last year's attendance mark.
Still, with nearly 150,000 people passed through the gates during the five days of the 114th edition of the Interior Provincial Exhibition.
"Last year we had 150,170 and this it was 149,782," says Bryan Burns, GM of the IPE.
"We had a really slow Thursday because of the rain . It affected the numbers a whole bunch that day."
Overall, Burns says everything went off well.
"We had some great comments but I am still surprised at how busy it is and then, come today, it's like everyone has left town. It's back to normal."
According to police there were a few incidents of theft and attempted theft and several people did spend some time in cells for being drunk in a public place but, overall police says the fair went quite well.
Burns says plans are already underway for next year's 115th edition.
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