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Good crowd out for Rooftop Rock event

Rooftop Rock Flatbed Edition. James Doyle photo

Rooftop Rock: The Flatbed Edition drew about 7,500 to Exhibition Park at CN Centre Saturday.

The event featured a wide range of offerings to patrons, including live music/entertainment, food trucks, market vendors, the mini train, a pop-up vaccination clinic, face painting, a classic car show, big rig truck show, and a Royal Canadian Air Force F-18 fly-by. Entry to the event was free of charge, and the event was designed to provide the residents of northern B.C. with an opportunity to gather again within Phase 3 of the provincial government’s restart program.

Although entry to the event was free of charge, The Wheelin’ Warriors of the North who raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation, were accepting donations at the gate and around the site. The current total is over $22,000. This far exceeds the goal of $10,000 making the event a massive success from the perspective of fundraising alone. The monies raised will stay in northern B.C. to help fund cancer research and treatment in the north.

Donations are still be accepted online: https://bit.ly/RooftopRockDonation

“The event turned out to be a resounding success and we couldn’t be any more excited about the final totals,” said organizer Kyle Sampson, in a news release.  “Over 7,500 people in attendance is absolutely remarkable and exceeds out expectations as to what we anticipated, and for our fundraising total to be sitting at a little over $22,000 for the Wheelin’ Warriors of the North and the BC Cancer Foundation is just a really great feeling! Not only were we host of thousands of people who were excited to gather again, but those thousands of people came ready to support the cause and the businesses/vendors.

“We put this event together for a number of reasons, but two reasons in particular stood out and have been the core focus of our team. On one hand, our goal was to provide an opportunity for people in our community to gather again in a way that was fun, exciting, had a lot of different things to see and do, and was safe! We wanted to be sure that our community was given a chance to gather now, before winter kicks in and we’re another year away from this type of event. And on the other hand, we also had our event service providers in mind! It’s been 18 months since we entered the pandemic, and before that it was winter. So, realistically it has been about 2 years since we’ve been able to have this type of celebration or event and many local businesses both big and small have struggled. We wanted to provide an opportunity for local businesses, food trucks, vendors, event service providers to kick off the dust and get back out doing what we all love which is connecting with our community and customers and providing great events and entertainment in our community!” #RooftopRock

The event was host to approximately 75 market vendors and a dozen food vendors. The market featured a range of vendors that included local businesses and regional businesses, through to events like the BCNE and regional attractions like Barkerville.

“Our vendor response throughout the event and after was all extremely positive. The community really came out and showed support for these local businesses and a number of vendors shared that they had record breaking sales,” said Sampson. “We are extremely grateful to both our vendors for coming and supporting our event by taking part, but also to the patrons who shopped at the market, ate at the food trucks, connected with tourism partners, rode the mini train, chose to get vaccinated, and really proved that Prince George is a great community to live in where people will support one another.”

Northern Health Authority was onsite offering drop-in first or second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Representatives from the pop-up clinic shared that exactly 100 doses were given at the event, making it one of the most successful pop-ups yet. Recipients of the vaccine were a wide range of ages from kids to seniors, and that it was a good mix of first and second doses.

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