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No star party on Mount Kobau in South Okanagan this year

Organizers of the annual Mount Kobau Star Party said the 2020 event will not take place due to COVID-19 concerns.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Mount Kobau Star Party/David Kwan
May 23, 2020 - 6:30 AM

Another popular South Okanagan summertime event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Mount Kobau Star Party, the annual stargazing event, will not take place this August due to “risks related to the ongoing pandemic," according to a post to the event's Facebook page.

The event was slated for August 15 to 23 this year.

The star party attracts astronomers and stargazers from all over B.C., Alberta, Yukon and the Pacific Northwest.

The directors of the Mount Kobau Astronomical Society voted unanimously last night, May 21, to cancel the 2020 event, noting it is the first time in 37 years the star party has been cancelled outright.

The decision to cancel was reached after an assessment of risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how those risks would influence operation of a successful star party was made.

“Conservation of money and resources we have on hand gives us solid hope of meeting again on the mountain top for the start of MKSP 2021 on August 7 next year,” directors said in the post.

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