The Thompson-Nicola Regional District board gave the go-ahead for a development variance in Pinantan Lake that is expected to eventually be the site of a volunteer fire hall.
Area director John Sternig said the project still has a way to go, but the approval is another step forward.
“They have some donations. It’s a slow process,” he said Thursday.
“It takes time and effort.”
Part of that effort includes a fundraiser at the Pinantan Fall Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Pinantan Lake school grounds.
Daytime events run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes Uncle Chris the Clown, three Fun Factor bouncy castles, face painting and a concession serving up cotton candy and hot dogs.
Admission to the daytime festival is free, with tickets for the events available at the festival.
The day doesn’t end there, though.
The evening is for adults, with a concert and beer garden for those 19 years and older.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with burgers and hot dogs on the menu for food, and four bands on the menu for entertainment.
The headliner is Kenny Shields and Streetheart. Also playing are Forty Foot Echo, Henry Small and the Small Band, and Pinantan’s home-grown group, Bongos Twelve. Tickets are $45 and available at the Pinantan store, Lost Art Tattoo, Grady Clothing or through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.ca.
Babysitting is available at the school gym for local residents through donation (a minimum of $5 per child, please).