KIOTAC says Goodbye; Event will not run in 2013




A long running tradition in Kimberley has come to an end.

After 39 years of history in the city of Kimberley, the Kimberley International Old Time Accordian Championships is saying good-bye.

Jeany Irvin is the chairperson of the KIOTAC Executive Committee. She says that after a number of years of increasing costs and falling revenues, it was time to call it a day.

“Rather than go into this year and not have a good year, we wanted to end on a good note,” Irvin says. “We’ve had 39 good years, we were having a few problems with some of our entertainers. We were counting on them coming and they couldn’t come. It’s time and it’s very sad.”

Jeany Irvin says the event provided over 160 thousand dollars in bursaries over the events 39 year history, along with 240 thousand dollars in prizes to performers.

Irvin thanked all of the volunteers, the loyal patrons and the performers who made KIOTAC into a rich and meaningful event. She was proud of all of the effort put into the event by the hundreds of families and artists involved in making this event a historical success.

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