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Long weekend filled with culture, fun

Hikes among the alpine blossoms top the list of things to do in Sun Peaks this weekend during Canada's Alpine Blossom Festival.
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August 01, 2013 - 7:16 PM

KAMLOOPS – Flowers, live music, story telling, art displays and ice skating, what more could you ask for out of an August long weekend?

As B.C. Day prepares to offer up another summer long weekend organizers of many different festivals, fairs and activities are busy preparing for the imminent rush of people anxious to take in summer events in the Kamloops area.

Perhaps the biggest and most colourful event slated for this weekend, the 34th annual Kamloopa Powwow, will run from Friday through Sunday. Arts and crafts booths will join storytellers, dancers, singers and drummers in presenting the Secwepemc culture.

Grand entries will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday, as well as another 7 p.m. entry on Saturday. All activities will take place at the Tk'emlups Indian Band powwow grounds along Hwy 5 just north of the Thompson River.

On Friday the month-long Downtown Artwalk, which will see downtown businesses featuring the works of local artists, also begins. Workshops and receptions will also take place throughout the month and 43 different businesses or venues will display artists' works.

Canada's Alpine Blossom Festival is at Sun Peaks this weekend and will feature live music, photography workshops, hiking among the alpine flowers, an outdoor movie, demonstration classes and kids activities. Though it is a four day event most of the activities will be happening Saturday and Sunday.

Tranquille Fresh Farms will have several events over the weekend, including a shoreline birding tour, gold panning tours, corn maze, photography workshop and a market.

Several other single day events will also take place this weekend. A free skate, and yes that is ice skating, at Brock Arena will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., B.C. Bears Birthday event at the B.C. Wildlife Park on Monday and an open house featuring tours, displays and entertainment at Highland Valley Copper, also on Monday.

Logan Lake Day will take place Sunday and will feature a show and shine, games, entertainment, pancake breakfast and a kids zone. Information booths and vendors will also be set up inside the arena and horse drawn buggy rides will be offered. Most of the events will take place during the day, but three different family movies will run indoors at the Rec Centre starting at 5 p.m.

As always Music in the Park and X Fest will continue, with entertainment options every evening.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call (250)819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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