Construction of the new arena at Kal Tire Place has led to Vernon losing one of its largest annual events — at least for now.
The Interior Logging Association, which has its head office in Vernon, is holding its 60th annual conference and trade show in Kamloops Thursday to Saturday.
“It had been in Vernon for about five years and then due to construction at Kal Tire Place we decided to move it back up to Kamloops,” says ILA General Manager Wayne Lintott.
Lintott says they plan to use the Kamloops venue for at least a couple more years, saying it provides a lot more space for their product displays.
“We’ve got it at the Pow Wow Centre which is just an awesome centre to hold it. We’ve got lots of room for our outside displays and we’re not squashed in. The spot we had in Vernon last year is just one of the parking lots here in Kamloops. It’s just huge,” Lintott tells Beach Radio News.
The conference draws hundreds of logging contractors and company reps for two days of meetings and social events.
This year’s conference is the 60th annual, with both Premier John Horgan and Forests Minister Doug Donaldson as guest speakers.