Regional district says no to camping and music festival in Joe Rich

The Volim Valley Music Festival was supposed to take place at Heartland Ranch, east of Kelowna, however the Regional District have decided not to issue the permit.
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KELOWNA – The Central Okanagan Regional District has put a stop to a two-day camping and music festival being advertised for Heartland Ranch in Joe Rich this September.

Festival co-founders Angelo Guarini and Drew Schulz announced the Volim Valley Music Festival in June, saying it would be about more than just music.

“There’s no camping festival currently in Kelowna,” Guarini told iNFOnews.ca. “We really wanted a more loving, laid back vibe, where people can camp and just hang out and have a good time.”

Pre-sale tickets sold out almost immediately however the 175-acre ranch, east of Kelowna on Highway 33 is within the boundaries of the Central Okanagan Regional District.

Earlier this week the District board recommended a temporary use permit not be issued for Drew Schulz and Free Flow Entertainment.

Schulz says the news is disappointing but understandable and are looking at the September long weekend 2018.

“(The RDCO board) loved the idea, they loved the concept. It was just a matter of two issues: the fire being one and also the issue with the landowner not getting all the applications filed in time,” he says. “Every single one of them said they would love to support this.”

“Even the mayor himself said he loved it.”

Schulz says his team are still planning their next steps but said ticketholders will have the option of either a refund or the chance to apply the money to next year.

“The health and safety of our people is our top priority,” Schulz says. “It’s not a cancellation, it’s a postponement. We’re not giving up.”


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