The Fernie Chamber of Commerce honoured finalists and winners at the 2018 Fernie Business Excellence Awards. (File Photo)

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce honoured finalists and winners at the 2018 Fernie Business Excellence Awards. (File Photo)

Finalists announced for Fernie’s Business Excellence Awards

Winners will be announced at the virtual award gala on Oct. 23

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce released the top three finalists in each category of the 2020 Virtual Fernie Business Excellence Awards.

Over 60 local businesses and individuals were nominated for this year’s awards. Finalists were determined via award applications sent by each nominee to independent judges from outside the Fernie area.

“This year has been unprecedented for our local businesses and it hasn’t been easy,” said Brad Parsell, executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.

“There has been a lot of struggles–I think this year above all other years, running a business in Fernie has been difficult–so recognizing those folk even just for a night is the least we can do as a chamber.”

Awards that will be distributed at the event include the Spirit of Fernie, Community Tourism Achievement, New Business of the Year and more.

Finalists for this year’s People’s Choice Award are Stick and Stone Cannabis Co., Summit Cannabis Co., and The Fernie Fox Hotel.

The awards gala will be live streamed on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. To view the ceremony, register for $10 on the Fernie Chamber of Commerce’s website. The event will also be streamed at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 36 bar.

Celebration kids are available for purchase on the chamber’s website, including cocktails from Fernie Distillers, chocolates from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and a charcuterie board from the Chopstick Truck.

For more information or to view a full list of awards and finalists, visit the Fernie Chamber of Commerce’s website.

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