Interior Provincial Exhibition headlines weekend events

The Interior Provincial Exhibition wraps up on Labour Day Monday.
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VERNON - If all you want to do this weekend is stay in and relax, read no further. If, on the other hand, you're feeling like taking in some long weekend events, here's your guide.

Head to the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong, where there's an event to suit everyone. The five-day fair boats a first class rodeo, live music, a midway, and a whole host of agricultural exhibits. Be sure to take in the popular mini chuck wagon races, Iron Chef contest, and Westcoast Lumberjack Show.

For beautiful scenery and sport spectating, head to Silver Star Mountain Resort for the Freeride Festival, a two day mountain biking event packed with a dirt jump jam, bike demos by Norco, a family fun village race, a chainless race sponsored by the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS), village vendors, and more than $10,000 in cold hard cash and prizes. 

For some lower elevation fun, head to Kalamalka Lake for the Kal Classic – Canada’s largest Standup Paddleboard festival right here in the Okanagan. The event is open to everyone and serves up events and activities for recreational and competitive paddlers. There are events for everyone – all ages and skill levels.  You can even enter the recreational short race. Kal Lake was recently nominated for the greatest place in Canada, so you're in for a treat.

There are also fabulous farmers markets across the region, including the Armstrong, Vernon and mosaic markets, as well as an antique, gun and outdoor show on Saturday at the Vernon Recreation Centre.

The weekend forecast looks bright and warm with highs of 28-29 C and so far, no rain.

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