Lumby residents are on the edge of their seats and waiting to see if they’ve made the cut.
Voting could resume fast and furious March 20 if the village is announced Saturday as one of two finalists for Kraft Hockeyville.
“I’m quite confident we will hear Lumby’s name,” said Angie Clowry, one of the Lumby campaign organizers.
The two finalists will be determined after the top 10 entries were narrowed down by voting Sunday and Monday.
Mass voting occurred in a number of locations in Lumby Sunday and Monday while residents across the North Okanagan and B.C. spent countless hours on their computers casting ballots.
“The community of Lumby and the North Okanagan are so engaged,” said Clowry.
“So many people were posting the details on Facebook and spreading the word. It doesn’t surprise me. Lumby is well knit into the fabric of the Okanagan.”
Because there is a short turnaround time between Saturday’s announcement of the two finalists and voting resuming at 6 a.m. March 20, advance work is being done now in case Lumby moves to the next stage.
“We want to be prepared and ready to go,” said Clowry, who is currently identifying a voting headquarters.
If Lumby’s name is announced Saturday, social media will be used to make people aware of the need to vote March 20 and 21.
“It’s another 39-hour stretch,” said Clowry.
The winning community will receive an NHL pre-season game and $100,000 in arena upgrades. Second prize is $100,000 in arena upgrades, while the remaining eight arenas each will get $25,000 in arena upgrades.