August 06, 2014 - 2:44 PM
PENTICTON - The 67th annual Peach Festival starts Wednesday and runs all weekend, so here are a few tips, reminders and schedules to make sure you get the most out of the event.
Emerson Drive kicks things off Wednesday night, followed by Trooper on Thursday, and The Stampeders on Saturday. A full list of performers, times and locations can be found online.
Opening ceremonies for the Aboriginal Cultural Village and Powwow start Friday at 3:30 p.m. with a special guest performance by Skookem Sound. Performances continue Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. both days.
There are two parades this weekend, the Peter Bros. Grand Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Kiddies Day Parade on Sunday morning. Kids’ events continue after the parade, with visits from Tony Prophet and Uncle Chris, the clown.
One of the most anticipated events of the festival is the PenTown Throwdown, a skateboarding and BMX competition for youth. The event runs from Friday to Sunday, with a pro event hosted on Sunday at 11 a.m.
There are many other fun events and activities scheduled thought the day and night, including a sandcastle competition, square dance festival, and peach bin races. For a full schedule, click here.
Parking can be hard to find in downtown Penticton when a festival starts up, but luckily the city is providing extended bus services from Wednesday to Sunday. The No. 5 bus that goes down Main Street will run until midnight all five nights. It will turn down Front Street, then onto Lakeshore in front of Peach Fest and continue on to Martin Street. A schedule with extended times can be found here.
It is being asked that people leave their dogs at home when they come to the festival to ensure the safety of all families.
There is no entry fee for any entertainment in Okanagan Lake Park, however rides at the Shooting Star carnival do charge a fee. Anything bought from a retail or food vendor will also not be free.
Most of the events and activities are outside so don’t forget to bring water, sunscreen and a hat. And have fun!
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