ATV riders will gather for jamboree

All-terrain vehicle enthusiasts will gather near Summerland in July.

All-terrain vehicle enthusiasts will gather near Summerland in July.

The Quad Riders Association of B.C. will hold their jamboree and annual general meeting at the Crump recreation area, west of Summerland from July 15 to 20.

John Rasmussen, vice-president of the Summerland ATV Club, said between 150 and 200 all-terrain vehicles will be present during the week.

Participants will come from around British Columbia, other parts of Western Canada and Washington State.

Events include a night run in the area on July 16, an ice cream run to Faulder and then to Summerland Sweets on July 17, a wine and cheese event on July 19 and a flea market on July 20.

“We believe that this influx of people will have a positive impact on both the local and surrounding businesses, bringing tourist dollars into the area for several days,” Rasmussen said.

He added that the location is ideal for the week-long events.

To prepare for the jamboree, crews have been in the area, clearing and maintaining trails for the vehicles.

The Summerland ATV Club has more than 70 members.