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Dancing, sweating, singing this long weekend

A climbing wall is one of several activities for children at the BC Day Family Party in the Park on Sunday.
August 03, 2013 - 9:16 AM

PENTICTON - Children will be climbing up the wall, not driving their parents up the wall, at Gyro Park this Sunday.

The B.C. Family Day Party in the Park is one of several events taking place this weekend in Penticton and it will feature a large climbing wall complete with harnesses.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be live entertainment at Gyro Park at the north end of Main Street with radio host James Hogan kicking things off after the opening ceremonies. Jake Evans will put on an urban dance event at 11:45 a.m. followed by the Bahiti Belly Dance group at 12:30 a.m.

From 1 to 2:10 p.m. it will be live music from Nikita and the Bluffs and then Oceans and Lights. Get Bent Belly Dance will circle their hips in the air at 2:50 p.m. with the rock group Fluxx finishing things off.

Children can burn calories at a bouncy castle and a climbing wall on site at the park and take hip hop dance lessons and get temporarily inked (tattoos).

Sunday will be a little like the Saturday market with food vendors and artisans selling their wares.

On Saturday, provided there's tickets left, fans of country music can see superstar Alan Jackson at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Jackson has sold about 60 million albums and topped the country singles charts 35 times. He will be performing his audience's favorite hits of the past as well as songs from his new album Thirty Miles West.

Tickets are $40, $69.50, $79.50 and $92.00 plus additional taxes and service fees. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Valley First Box Office and the Wine Country Visitor Centre.

For all its pretty beaches Penticton attracts the most hardcore of athletes. Only 35 to 40 of some of the most fittest people will compete in the Ultraman Canada Championships this weekend.

Stage 1 is on Saturday with a 10-kilometre swim starting in Penticton and ending in Okanagan Falls. Then a 144.8 km bike ride from Okanagan Falls over the Richter Pass before heading back to OK Falls.

On Sunday a 275.5 km bike ride from Penticton to Princeton. And on Monday a 84.3 km double-marathon from Princeton to Summerland.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @shannonquesnel1

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