July 15, 2016 - 7:28 AM
KAMLOOPS - While none of these events are very similar, they all have one thing in common; they’re all happening this weekend in and around Kamloops.
The Kamloops Komedy Festival started yesterday, and continues tonight, July 15, and Saturday night, July 16, with performances at the Sagebrush Theatre starting at 8 p.m. Vancouver comedian Leland Klaassen is bringing American and Canadian funnymen to the Tournament Capital, including stand up legend Mike MacDonald for what Klaassen hopes to be the first iteration of an annual event. Tickets run $30 per show.
For fans of the King of Rock and Roll, the Canadian Bluemoon Elvis Festival is taking over the North Thompson Fall Fairgrounds in Barriere. Performances start Friday night and run thru Sunday night, including a pancake breakfast and gospel show Sunday morning. While plenty of Elvis tributes are planned, other musicians will be performing the work of past stars as well, like Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Ticket prices range for the different shows, but typically run $20 to $25.
There’ll be some high level boating action on a local lake this weekend. The Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club hosts the provincial championships and national qualifying races for sprint canoes and kayaks on Shumway Lake just south of the city. The competition, running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, could be the first spotlight for future Olympians. A lane of Highway 5A will be closed off near the lake for spectators’ movement.
If you’re looking for a way to volunteer this weekend, consider helping out with the search for Dean Morrison. Morrison went missing in October 2013 on Stump Lake Ranch. His mother and a Vancouver based private investigator are reigniting the search, starting with a thorough look at the ranch grounds. They're looking to gather 30 to 40 people for the search. While some of the Kamloops Search and Rescue team are planning to participate, volunteers are sought as well. The search will also be aided by an outdoors expert and drones. It starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, and volunteers can call 1-604-922-6572 to offer help.
Environment Canada currently expects the weekend to be damp and warm, with showers and cloud predicted all weekend. Saturday is expected to reach 26 Celsius, while Sunday will be warmer with a high of 30 Celsius.
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