FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite the city of Fort St. John turning down the request to sponsor the Energetic County Fair, organizer Dale Plourde says he’s honoured to have to support of council for planning.

Plourde says his next step will be doing more research to find the best venue to host the event.

“There’s a lot of hoops to jump through and a lot of boundaries that the city has to function within. I’m going to meet with staff to identify those, check off all the boxes, see what their options are, and see what the next report will bring,” Plourde said.

He plans to meet with city staff a week or two after the High on Ice Festival wraps up.

“As far as my timeline, as long as we’ve figured it out by the end of March, we’ll be fine.”

Plourde presented his plan to council for the Energetic County Fair during a January 25th council meeting. He asked for a five-year commitment from the city to use Centennial Park between July 14th to 16th starting this year and to become a presenting sponsor worth $55,000.

Council declined Plourde’s request to host the event at Centennial Park and sponsor the event due to many factors on February 14th.

Staff were then directed to meet with Plourde to facilitate the fair within the region and come back to council with a report on the findings.