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Survey suggests community divided on 2016 events
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
It is agreed, next summer’s marquee event should be held on a weekend said ninety per cent of respondents to a survey that asked what kind of event could be held in the Pass in 2016.

But other than that, the majority of respondents who filled out the survey, which was distributed at an open meeting in June and asked what kind of event could be held in lieu of Rum Runner Days, were divided on what kind of event could be held next summer to showcase the community.

That’s not to say respondents weren’t full of ideas, 17 per cent thought fireworks should be part of the spectacle, 15 per cent suggested there should be live music and 36 per cent think the festival should be inspired by the community’s mining legacy.

Participants were also divided on where such an event should be located but the Hillcrest ball diamonds, the old Devon site and the Coleman Sports Complex were bandied about.
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A good number, 41 per cent, of respondents suggested the event should have a vehicular theme. Most of those suggested holding a rally race but a very small number, 4 per cent, want a mud bogging event like the town of Wembley’s Tire Pro Mud Bogs festival.

Nobody at Community Services could confirm how many people responded to the survey before the time of publication.

Perhaps clearer ideas will coalesce as the project moves forward. Lyle Hannan, director of Community Services, said the next step in the planning of next year’s summer event will be to gather more research through a general public survey to be distributed this month.

The survey will allow anyone who was not able to attend the summer event meeting a chance to give their opinion.

“Once we have the results of this, council will discuss next steps,” he said.
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