Lumby is one of the top two finalists for the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 title ensuring the village’s aging arena gets a $100,000 makeover.
Lumby has waged an enthusiastic campaign in a bid for the title with the winnings going toward renovating the girls’ change room at the Pat Duke Memorial Arena.
Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton said it was an incredible evening at the arena where hundreds of people gathered Saturday night to watch the Vancouver Canucks-St. Louis Blues game on a big screen. The announcement of the top two finalists came during the first intermission.
“There was joy and tears. People were screaming and yelling,” said an ecstatic Acton, adding he had a feeling Lumby would be one of the top two communities.
“Listening to organizers and watching social media and seeing the media coverage, it has just been a fantastic experience.”
While Acton is hopeful Lumby will make it right to the top and win the pre-season NHL hockey game as a reward for organizers “who’ve worked so hard,” the mayor admitted the village can’t really lose as $100,000 for arena renovations is guaranteed.
Still he asked people to vote online in the final round this Sunday and Monday. “Let’s celebrate this with a win.”
It is the second time an Okanagan community has made it into the top two for the Kraft Hockeyville title. West Kelowna was a finalist another year but lost the top spot to Stirling, Ontario.
Supporters can vote more than once by visiting the Kraft Hockeyville 2016 website. Voting begins Sunday at 6 a.m. and ends Monday at 8:59 p.m.