Different look to Exhibition street meat

Rodeo goers are wondering about permanent food booths at the DC Exhibtion - which were removed earlier this year after several of the buildings were found to be unusable and unrepairable.

As reported in May, Dawson Creek city council voted to put $300,000 into the demolition of the barns, two washrooms, and food booths at the Collins Exhibitions Park to make way for temporary structures for use at this year’s Exhibition.

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“So many people ask about where the non profits are - it was noted months ago the permanent ones were being removed,” says one long-time volunteer Thursday morning.

“There may not be the corn dogs or fish and chips like previous years, there are new things or different versions.”

Indeed, from different selection of beverages to a wider variety of street meat and food wagons, there is a different look to the rodeo food selection. It was noted in May that funding will also go towards renting two portable kitchens, 30 port-a-potties, six hand wash stations, and working with the Exhibition Association to fix the beer garden.

“The take down inventory was staggering for our Board of Directors, non-for-profit fundraising groups and our local church food booths,” said Connie Patterson with the Exhibition earlier this year.

Patterson added seven horse barns, office building that hosts the Horticulture and Home Arts Divisions, 4H Building, Gospel Festival outdoor sound stage, four church food booths, two stores, Beer Garden Roof, Dawson Creek Canuck booth and two bathrooms were also affected.

“Some of the older buildings — some of the barns, some of the food booths — contain lead, and they do contain some asbestos material,” Redfearn said.

Council voted to take the money out of the flood mitigation fund (which has $500,000), and to replenish the fund with money saved on projects throughout the year.

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