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Rum Runner Days runs out of time
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, time ran out for Rum Runner Days 2014 as council voted to cancel this year’s festival.

Council says time constrains, volunteer shortages and funding required for other municipal events contributed to the decision. The good news for Pass residents is both Rum Runner Days and Thunder in the Valley might be making a comeback in 2015.

Council passed a motion to start looking for volunteers to form a Rum Runner Days and Thunder in the Valley volunteer committee for 2015. The deadline to join is the end of this July.

Rum Runner usually falls on the 3rd week of July, and was once held in conjuncture with Thunder in the Valley. But two years ago council canceled Thunder in the Valley due to budgetary constraints.

“I know that Rum Runners has struggled… so I can see where this is coming from,” said Councillor Dave Filipuzzi.

For the last two years the festival has continued without Thunder in the Valley with a 3-person committee coordinating the festivities. But, CAO Sheldon Steinke, says Penny Warris, the chairperson of last year’s volunteer committee is out of the country for the next four months leaving little time to plan the event.
“I think it’s late in the day to start planning for the rum runners event… I think we’d be better off to defer it for this year because there is the big Hillcrest event coming up in June,” said Councillor Shar Lazzarotto.

The 2014 municipal budget had set aside $40,000 to fund Rum Runner Days. Council says that money could be used to offset the costs of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster 100th Anniversary, which may require a municipal contribution of $150,000.

Some Rum Runner Days events are being redistributed to other summertime happenings. The festival usually features a parade, a duck race, Taste of Crowsnest Pass and Show and Shine. The Show and Shine is moving to the Doors Open event in July. The Taste of Crowsnest Pass is going with Clara’s Big Ride in May.
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