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County of Grande Prairie approves NPBRA racing schedule up to 2023

County of Grande Prairie Councillors have given the green light to the North Peace Bracket Racing Association to hold races in Beaverlodge until 2023.

The NPBRA, which is headquartered at the Beaverlodge Airport, will, however, be subject to a number of conditions, including noise and light monitoring, as well as having a large enough supply of water on-site to deal with fire prevention.

“They’re all conditions we’ve been following for the last four or five years, so we are not having a problem with it,” says NPBRA Special Events Coordinator Dennis Sandboe.

He adds the stability which has been provided to organizers with a concrete and approved race day schedule is a huge burden lifted off their back.

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“We’re happy to have a schedule in place so we know where we are going, we don’t have to resubmit every year, it makes our future look a little bit better knowing where we are going and when we are doing it.”

One member of the Beaverlodge community was on hand at council to present an argument against the proposal, however, Sandboe believes they are cognizant of her concerns and will continue to keep the noise down to the best of their ability.

“I have a lot of noise in my backyard sometimes from the local RV and ATV area, but we realize we can’t do anything about it. We are just trying to run a great facility to help out in the community, provide a safe place to race and a recreation area.”

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