Press Release

The Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak is disappointed to officially announce the cancellation of Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Ribfest 2020 presented by Finning Canada. Daybreak Rotary takes public safety and health very seriously and given the directive from Dr. Bonnie Henry, has no other option than to cancel this very popular event.

“Kamloops Ribfest has become a signature event in Kamloops, and while thousands of visitors were looking forward to the event this year, we know that it is not feasible with the current situation projected to extend through the summer”, said Danica Wilkinson, Chairperson of the 9th annual event.

To date, Ribfest has raised over $650,000 for local charities and organizations in the Kamloops community. Furthermore, the economic impact of the 2019 event was estimated to be over $1.7 million dollars. Wilkinson credits these successes to the Kamloops community. “The partnerships and sponsor support we have received over the years is astonishing. We extend our deepest thanks to everyone, and especially those who have been with us since day one.”

In an effort to provide funding to those organizations who depend on our contributions, Daybreak Rotary will still be holding the Ribfest Raffle. The raffle will have an online portion, with ticket sales starting in May.

In announcing the raffle, director of public relations, Bryce Herman, says “we’ll keep you up to date as we move forward to help support the community through this Raffle. Our goal is to raise over $30,000.” Last year we sold out before the end of the event and this year we expect strong sales again as we have even more wonderful prizes.

The Rotary Club of Daybreak Rotary is a volunteer-based community organization, supporting and raising funds for many non-profit and charitable organizations throughout the region. All proceeds of Rotary events, including Ribfest, are returned to the community through grants and donations.

“It’s sad to imagine Riverside park with no Interior Savings Ribber area or Save-On Foods Family Fun Zone, but right now we need to do what is best for our community’s health,” Danica adds.

“Thank you to all of our devoted Rotary members; our hard working and dedicated volunteers and musicians; the City of Kamloops, the ‘Ribbers’, local Brewers and Food Vendors; and of course, our fabulous sponsors without whom this event would not be possible. We wish everyone good health summer. Stay home, wash your hands and stay safe!”

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