West Kelowna is losing two of its most popular autumn events.
The Gellatly Nut Farm Harvest Fair has been cancelled altogether and the Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk is being moved to Lake Country
“There’s just not enough parking at the nut farm anymore,” said Bruce Smith, spokesperson for the Central Okanagan Regional District.
“We used to be able to use the lot that was next-door for parking, but that’s under development now.”
The popularity of the two events has ultimately been their downfall.
In 2015 2,000 people attend at the Spooktacular event and there were 1,500 who took in the harvest fare.
“Even through we had a shuttle bus for the Spooktacular, a lot of people didn’t use it,” said Smith, noting there are only 20 parking spaces now.
“So in order to be safe and a good neighbour we couldn’t go ahead with this them this year. “
With the harvest fair cancelled, people are still more than welcome to go to the 1.6-hectare park and purchase bags of nuts from the Gellatly Nut Farm Society. It earns about $10,000 a year from the sale of nuts, and proceeds are put into the maintenance and improvement of a half-dozen historic buildings on the site.
The Spooktacular will get new life in Lake Country, Smith said, with the public space being a lot more amenable to large groups.
The event will be held Oct. 31 at Reiswig Park in Lake Country.
Details have yet to be announced but the event traditionally has been a place for people to peruse carved pumpkins while in their best Halloween dress.
While the details on the event are vague, Smith said there will be a lot more parking for those who want to partake.
“It’s also side by side with Beasley park, which is run by district of Lake Country and the parking there is quite adequate, too,” he said.
As for what will happen to Gellatly park once the events are gone, Smith isn’t worried. He said that most regional parks don’t have an abundance of parking but are still well used.