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Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival wants to almost double number of campsites

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December 30, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Organizers with the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society are hoping to increase the number of campsites for the Roots and Blues Festival.

In an application for the Jan. 6, 2020 Salmon Arm Development and Planning Services committee agenda, festival organizers are requesting permission to use portions of three parcels of land in the Agricultural Land Reserve as a festival campground for a two-week period in August during each festival year.

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The three parcels are located at 550 10 Ave. SW, 690 10 Ave. SW and 13000 10 St. SW.

“With this application, the applicant is requesting to further expand the campground area on 1300 10 St. SW to encompass the property in its entirety," the report to the committee says. “The applicant wishes to utilize all of 1300 10 St. SW (property) so they have the flexibility to increase the number of campsites to 1,000 should they get the demand from festival patrons.”

A letter from David Gonella, executive director of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, states the increased site allowance will not restrict the festival’s ability to maintain the properties or decrease the quality of maintenance to the properties to ensure no future agricultural activity is “negatively affected.”

“We are most appreciative of the support we have previously received from the (Agricultural Land Commission) in assisting us with the accommodation needs of our audience. With the low vacancy rates in the summer months amongst accommodation providers, the use of these campsite properties is crucial to the long-term viability of the event and allows the event organizers to offer attendees a low cost accommodation alternative,” Gonella says in his letter.

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