July 02, 2013 - 3:32 PM
KAMLOOPS – Art, music, cake and heat. It was the perfect Canada Day in Kamloops this year though many people who came to Riverside Park Monday came in search of shade and water more than sun this year.
The annual event celebrating the birthday of our country draws thousands of spectators, browsers and partiers for the all-day festival but with temperatures soaring into the high 30s this year many also sought out the river or water park in an effort to cool down.
Lineups at vendors offering drinks and ice cream were often 20-30 deep as people tried everything they could to keep cool. One church group handed out bottles of cold water as people came and went from the grounds and many of those at the park congregated in the shaded areas, often leaving large patches of sunlit grass unoccupied.
Luckily the many trees in the park provided plenty of shade as well and those taking in the Arts in the Park part of the festival were lucky enough to have shaded areas as well. With nearly 100 artists, more than 20 community groups and nine hours of live entertainment taking part this year there was an abundance to take in.
Live performances at the Rotary Bandshell kept those willing to sit in the sun entertained while a dozen kiosks offering cultural inspired foods joined several well known city restaurants in offering snacks and meals. The evening capped off with fireworks, though they were a bit delayed this year and ran until nearly 11 p.m. as a result.
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