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Outhouse Races returning to Fort St. John


After an 18-year hiatus, the Outhouse Races will be making their way back into Fort St. John thanks to two local residents.

The Outhouse Races were held for 20 years in the community before ending in 1993.

Brian Kirschner and Byron Stewart made a presentation to City Council on behalf of the Lido to bring the races back to the city and requested the closure of certain streets for the event.

The races will take place on July 9 after City Council approved a motion to block off certain streets to vehicles for the event. The area of 100 Ave. between 100 and 102 Streets and the area of 102 St. between 100 and 102 Ave. will be closed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the event.

Stewart and Kirschner say the streets will be opened up to foot traffic and there will be various street vendors and buskers in the area during the event.

The City also passed a second motion to recommend approval for an outdoor patio to serve liquor between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Lido, as long as both the RCMP and the Liquor Inspector approve the application.

The patio would only be accessible to anyone over the age of 19 and would be able to hold around 50 patrons.

Stewart and Kirschner also challenged the City to build its own outhouse to race in this year’s event, but residents will just have to wait to find out whether the City takes on the challenge…

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