December 13, 2012 - 2:55 PM
If the world doesn't come to an end on Dec. 21, it could still end for Kamloops.
A Facebook event circulating online has generated about 14,200 confirmed guests—including a few from Penticton—to attend an "end of the world party" expected to take place in Barnhartvale the evening before some say the Mayans predicted the world would end.
The outdoor party on Campbell Range Road begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 20 according to the Facebook event page.
Penticton is also alive with "end of the world" events as the Mayan calendar ticks down to the final day.
An end of the world party is being held at The Mule Nightclub, Fri., Dec. 21 starting at 10 p.m.
For those who want to have a more subdued and thoughtful experience, the End of the World as We Know It…A First Nations Perspective, is an art and culture event taking place at the Penticton Art Gallery on weekends until December 23. The exhibition was inspired by prophetic predictions ascribed to the end date of the 5,125 year, long-cycle of the Mayan Calendar.
It features work exploring the state of civilization through the eyes of those some may consider part of fringe society. For more information visit the Penticton Art Gallery website.
But not everyone in Penticton is staying close to home. Some have accepted the invitation to the Facebook event in Kamloops.
"Invite everyone, let's make this the biggest party in the world, the night we all (are) supposed (to) die…lol."
The event comments date back to 2009.
"Let's go out with a bang," said one of the first comments posted Oct. 15, 2009.
"Party in two and a half years!! Booking it off already!" said another post dated the next day.
Since then, comments and attendees have snowballed.
There are about 3,800 people who said they would maybe attend and about 5,600 yet to confirm or deny attendance. Kamloops resident, Tom O'Riordan is listed as attending the event, but he said he doesn't know if he will actually go.
"I was kind of thinking about it, but it would be so sketchy," he said.
He doesn't remember when he joined the event.
"It started when the whole world was ending thing came out, and it just came up," he said. "I think everyone is, not excited, but intrigued. There's always the joke that if there's that many people then it actually will be the end of the world."
The location is not new to him. He said South Kamloops Secondary School students often party there, and it can accommodate a large amount of people.
"There's probably been close to 1,000 people-parties up there, not so much anymore, but a couple years ago they used to get pretty big."
Many confirmed attendees are from outside Kamloops, but O'Riordan says his own friends have also confirmed.
"The majority of people I know have signed up for it, but you know what it's like," he said, noting that Facebook can be unreliable.
Another Facbook public event promotes people to hold parties in cities around the world.
"Let's break the record for the biggest, most attended global 'eCelebration' event on Facebook!!" the description said.
A similar Facebook event was posted in Clearwater, B.C. but has generated less participants - about 142 confirmed guests.
— Jessica Wallace
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