Penticton Peach Festival electric float suffered ‘catastrophic motherboard failure’, $60,000 needed for new build – Penticton News

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The Penticton Peach Festival is applying for an in-year grant from the city after the death of their motherboard, which controls the battery-powered motor.

The total cost of replacing the floats is estimated at $60,000.

According to the staff report, the city provided a grant every three years to the Peach Fest Society to help upgrade the float and cost-share with the festival and Travel Penticton.

The last grant requested was for the 2019 grant year, where a cash grant of $10,000 was awarded.

The Penticton Peach Festival is seeking to fund the replacement float in a similar partnership structure, with a $20,000 grant from Travel Penticton, $20,000 from the Penticton Peach Festival Society and the city’s $20,000 request.

“After 25 years, hundreds of parades and thousands of miles, our float reached the end of its life cycle at the end of the Calgary Stampede parade in July,” wrote Don Kendall, president of the Penticton Peach Festival in his letter to the council.

The float will make its final appearance, towed, at Leavenworth’s Autumn Leaf Festival Parade in September

Kendall explained that the float is their best marketing initiative for the festival.

“It is seen by millions each year in more than 20 parades. As a member of the Northwest Festivals Association, Penticton is one of only two Canadian cities (along with New Westminster) to gain annual admission to two of the biggest parades in the western United States…Seattle Seafair and Portland Rose Festival.

The team plans to begin construction in October so the tank will be ready for the start of the 2023 parade season in the spring.

Staff stated that they support the grant application for this project and recommend its approval. The council will discuss the request on Tuesday.

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