No midway will be coming to the Westside this year.
Leah Thordarson, president of the Westside Celebration Society, responsible for putting on Westside Daze, confirmed Thursday that their hopes to have Shooting Star Amusements stop on the Westside Aug. 16-18 have been dashed.
“Westside Daze tried hard to make having a midway and rides work in West Kelowna,” said Thordarson. “We worked very hard.”
Westside Daze has been without a midway since 2016 after the death of Irwin (Bingo) Hauser, the founder of West Coast Amusements and owner of the division that came to Westside Daze.
This year, the Westside Celebration Society moved the date of Westside Daze to the middle of July after working out an arrangement with Shooting Star.
The midway for this year’s Westside Daze was scuttled when the society was unable to secure a location for the rides in time.
In case of an emergency, the BC Wildfire Service gets priority on use of the field where the midway traditionally sets up.
The society had hoped to use a different location and bring the midway to the Westside in August. However, after weeks of negotiation and applying for permission, the fate of the midway rested on approval of the event by Westbank First Nation council Monday.
Instead of bringing the midway to the Westside after Peachfest in Penticton this weekend, Shooting Star will send its crew home as it can’t risk the event not being approved by WFN council.
The plan is to have a midway return to Westside Daze in 2020.