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Don't miss these fall festivities in the Thompson-Okanagan

Visitors to the Davison Orchards Country Village can make mini apple pies as part of the Apple Harvest Fest.
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September 26, 2019 - 8:00 AM

KAMLOOPS - If you want to stuff your face with pumpkin pie, have an apple cider or a beer, here are some fall fairs that incorporate all of the best the season has to offer.

The 81st Provincial Winter Fair will be held in Kamloops this weekend from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30.

You can watch as adults and kids show their lamb, cattle and other livestock they have raised. You can bring home some beef or lamb for Thanksgiving dinner during the live auction on Monday. There will be live music, vendors and activities for the kids, such as a duck and pig race. The event will be held at Circle Creek Ranch, located at 2175 Running Horse Ranch Rd. in Kamloops. For more information on the event, click here.

Sun Peaks will be a busy spot this weekend, with a classic car show, fall festival, the last farmers' market and the final bonus weekend of biking and hiking.

“Things will be kicking off at 10 a.m. with the Classic Car Show and Shine,” says Carmen Ruiz, travel, media and communications specialist with Sun Peaks Resort. “Guests will be able to view all generations of classic cars, I believe we have one car that is from as early as 1931.”

The car show will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sept. 28, and you can still register to show off your own hot rod by clicking here.

The fall festival at Sun Peaks will offer free apple cider at 11:30 a.m., a pumpkin pie eating contest, a climbing wall, pumpkin decorating and a free guided bike tour around McGillivray Lake. There will be music by Madison Olds from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., a climbing wall and a canine performance show put on by President’s Choice Super Dogs. The 30-minute dog show will happen at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Click here for a full list of activities.

It is recommended that you bring your own bike for the McGillivray Lake bike tour, or you can rent from one of the local shops. You can register for the pie-eating contest by sending an email here.

The Sunburst chair will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday, so you can get in some last laps of the season. If you want to stick around Sun Peaks for the night, the next day is the last farmers' market of the season, which will feature local artisans, farm-fresh produce and baked goods.

Take a ride on the 'Jonny Popper Train' at Davison Orchards Country Village for the last weekend of their Apple Harvest Fest.
Take a ride on the 'Jonny Popper Train' at Davison Orchards Country Village for the last weekend of their Apple Harvest Fest.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Davison Orchards

If you're near Vernon Sept. 27 to the 29, check out the Davison Orchards Country Village's last weekend of the Apple Harvest Festival. After riding on their 'Jonny Popper' train to go pick a bag of apples, treat yourself to complimentary apple cider, caramel apples, apple cider mini donuts and more. Tickets for adults cost $12 and kids can take part for $7. The orchard will remain open until Oct. 31, but this is the last weekend to take part in the apple celebration. Davison Orchards Country Village is located at 3111 Davison Road in Vernon. Some more information about the weekend event and other orchard activities can be found by clicking here.

If you want to get your dirndl and lederhosen on, check out Kelowna's Oktoberfest at The Laurel Packinghouse on Oct. 11. The purchase of a ticket will get you a Bavarian meal cooked by a German chef, and there will be plenty of beer and bratwurst to be had. There will be live music at the event which runs from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. The Laurel Packinghouse is located at 1304 Ellis St. in Kelowna. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

It's almost time to put on your lederhosen and dirndl for upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations.
It's almost time to put on your lederhosen and dirndl for upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Penticton Oktoberfest

For those in Penticton eager to wet their whistles and get their schnitzel on, check out the 10th Annual Penticton Oktoberfest on Oct. 19. The event will be held in the Penticton Lakeside Resort at 21 Lakeshore Dr. West in Penticton. There will be authentic German food, drinks and live music. You can check out more information and buy tickets for the event here.

Harper Mountain near Kamloops will host the Oktoberfest Bike Festival from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Oct. 6, where you can bike the trails, getting in the most of the season before the ruins are covered with snow. There will be an eight-kilometre cross country event, team cross country race and some competition for the kids. It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without beer and food and food trucks and taps will be serving up the goods. Click here for some more information and to register for the races.


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