June 30, 2014 9:12 pm

WATCH: Groups rally behind Boonstock


PENTICTON –Penticton’s Community & Business Development Advisory Committee is the latest group announce its support for Boonstock.

The music festival was notorious for attracting drugs, violence and vandalism to its former host city.

When Boonstock announced its move to Penticton, some people were on edge.

“I think that when it was first announced there was some cautionary stories from when they were in Alberta. But now that they’re here, they really want to prove themselves,” says councillor Helena Konanz.

But in the process of proving themselves, the local Chamber of Commerce president believes Boonstock has been subjected to intense scrutiny.

“There are other festivals in town that don’t have to go through the same hoops,” says Campbell Watt.

“I’ve heard many, many times: ‘We’re going to have a riot.’ That’s not the case. Things have changed, things have evolved festival-wise.”

The Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to its member forum on Tuesday, July 8th.

Boonstock organizers and Penticton Indian Band members will be available to answer questions regarding security, transportation and other concerns.

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