Penticton hopes to lure Tournament of Hearts with strong show of support

A Penticton group is looking for help in their bid to see the 2018 Tournament of Hearts competition at the SOEC.
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PENTICTON - A Penticton group hopes 1,000 Penticton residents will put a deposit on tickets for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling event to help in the bid to host the tournament in the Peach City.

The Penticton host committee is headed up by Kim Kirkham and Charlie Cohoe, who have until June 30 to submit a bid to Curling Canada.

The event would take place at the South Okanagan Events Centre and at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

Saying they need the public to get behind the bid, Kirkham and Cohoe are asking residents to place a $100 deposit on full event tickets in the hope a strong response in the next six weeks will result in a successful bid.

The event is expected to draw 80,000 spectators to the events centre during the eight days of competition, according to a press release issued this week.

The competition could also result in economic benefits to the city of between $6 to $12 million, the release says.

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