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Cap off Canada Day with fireworks in Vernon

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June 28, 2016 - 8:00 PM


VERNON - Efforts are being made to ensure traffic congestion is not an issue on Canada Day.

Complimentary shuttles will be available from Craftsman Collision on 35 Avenue and the Okanagan College parking lot to bring people to and from Kalamalka Beach, where the July 1 fireworks display is happening.

Parking at Kal Beach is limited, and people are encouraged to use the free, round trip shuttle service.

This year’s fireworks are being sponsored by Craftsman Collision and organized by the North Okanagan Canada Day Society, which describes the upcoming event as ‘our most ambitious show ever for Canada Day.’

The fireworks start at 10:30 p.m., and synchronized music will be broadcast at the beach. If you’re viewing the display from another location, you can tune in to 107.5 Kiss FM to hear the music.

“Come early and bring a picnic, lawn chairs, flashlight, and blankets,” the society says.

The beach concession booth will be open for the entire evening.

The public is reminded that pets and alcohol are not allowed on Kal Beach.

The shuttle service will run from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the following locations:   

1: Craftsman Collision, 2727 35TH Ave., Vernon
     Pick up at front door of Craftsman Collision (Approximately every 30 minutes)

2: Okanagan College parking lot, 7000 College Way, Coldstream (Approximately every 20 minutes)

There are also numerous events happening throughout the day in Polson Park.

2016 Schedule of events in Polson Park

Stage 1

10 a.m. - Sadok Ukrainian Dancers
11 a.m. - Armonia (light rock / dance band)
Noon - Shaughnessy Rose (classic rock)
12:45 p.m. - Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band
1 p.m. - Opening ceremonies: color party, dignitaries
1:15 p.m. - Singing of O Canada (Shaughnesey Rose) Speeches (cake cutting, Stage 2)
1:45 p.m. - Ruth McGrath (cheek to cheek) dance Demo
2 p.m. - Fiddler and the Keys (Old Time Music, Dance) Ruth and Dance company get crowd up to dance
3p.m. - Scavenger Hunt winners announced, other contest announcements, prizes, draws

Stage 2

1:30 p.m. - Cake cutting (Queen Silver Star and Princess)
2:30 p.m. - Kiki the Eco Elf
3:30 p.m. - Magician (Magic Show)


10:30 a.m. - Dog agility demo
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Soccer shoot
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Games, Giant Jenga, ing Toss
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Horse and carriage rides around perimeter of field courtesy of O’Keefe Ranch
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – ATV, dirt bike and off-road vehicle static displays on east end of track
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Medieval display and fighting demonstrations on west end of park
10 4 p.m. – Mini golf
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Bouncy castles

All events and activities completed by 4 p.m.

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