With another Summer Stomp and Burnout come and gone, the District of Sicamous will once again be seeking feedback on this year’s motorcycle event.
Mayor Terry Rysz says the district will be putting out surveys for businesses and the public to provide input on the event.
“We want to get feedback from both the business community and the public as to how they feel about it,” said Rysz, “Because we do have some resistance; there is some negativity towards it, noise and whatever else. So we want to get a general feel so council feels comfortable in making sure this event is something the public wants.”
Rysz’s personal assessment of the recent Stomp event is positive.
“I think it went well – no incidents, the grounds were absolutely spotless when they left again, so kudos to them all,” he said. “I think everybody had a lot of fun. The event downtown, the merchants, from what I understand, all did well on the weekend. I know the legion, just in the beer garden alone during the burnout event, pulled in more than $8,000 net. So a lot of positives out of the weekend.”
Sicamous RCMP offered no comment on the event. Regarding comments from the public about this year’s police presence, Rysz suggested it was part of the reason why no bad incidents occurred.
“It is a big event and you’ve got a couple thousand people… so good on them to make sure that things don’t go awry,” said Rysz. “I think they’ve always attended the Stomp… it’s been major when it comes to policing that event.”
Rysz noted he saw a lot of locals Friday evening on the Stomp grounds at the dog park.
“Everybody that was there sure seemed to be enjoying themselves,” said Rysz. ‘Whenever I see people in the community having fun, that certainly sits well with me.”
Stomp organizer Wade Stewart thanks the district and locals for welcoming the Stomp.
“All in all, despite obviously less-than-perfect weather conditions, those who came certainly enjoyed themselves,” said Stewart. “Great music was enjoyed, and great friends were made. Saturday saw approximately 50 riders embark on our poker run, and the Main Street events downtown were enjoyed by many.”
Stewart also pointed out how this year’s Kids Games, new to the downtown events, seemed to be a hit.
“We look forward to spending many more years as a part of Sicamous and hope everyone had as much fun as we did,” said Stewart.