March 21, 2016 - 1:00 PM
LUMBY - Lumby is shooting to score.
Over the weekend, the small North Okanagan town with a population of roughly 1,700 people was named as one of two finalists in the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville contest.
Making it to the top two has already earned the village $100,000 to upgrade the Pat Duke Memorial Arena, which is in dire need of repairs.
Now, the community is encouraging people to keep the votes coming until the contest closes at 9 p.m. Monday. If Lumby wins the overall contest, it gets the honour of hosting a pre-season NHL game.
You can vote as many times as you want, and many supporters have been glued to their computers and phones throughout the competition. Computers are available at ‘Hockeyville headquarters’ at the White Valley Community Centre and places like the Downtown Internet Lounge in Vernon are also offering computer access.
Even teachers are easing up on school rules to let students vote from class.
Local politicians are rallying behind the community, with MLA Eric Foster putting time in to vote, and Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton challenging their rival in Saint-Isadore in Quebec to a wager; a 24-pack of local beer for the winner of the finals.
The winner will be announced April 2 during a televised broadcast from Lumby.
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