KAMLOOPS - As the weekends start to warm up, so do the weekend events.
Sun Peaks will be welcoming the first ever North American edition of Snowbombing, a five day music festival crossed with ski and snowboard competitions. Headliners include rapper Ludacris and American DJ Kaskade. Tickets are still on sale, with one day passes starting at $125. Things kick off today, Thursday, April 6 and run to Monday, April 10.
People looking for Easter, Mother’s Day or graduation gifts may want to check out the Sahali Mall. The Spring Craft Fair, which supports the Kamloops Food Bank, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Sellers have been restricted to local crafters and home party companies won’t be participating. Also at the Sahali Mall, the annual spring edition of Barb’s Used Book and Music Sale starts on Saturday, with proceeds going to the Kamloops Symphony. It’ll run through the next couple weeks, ending April 22.
Both days this weekend the Kamloops Spring Home Show will be taking over the McArthur Sport and Event Centre. It will feature a variety of businesses ranging from finance to renovations to leisure to landscaping. Admission is free.
The annual Kamloops Sport Hall of Fame banquet will be Saturday evening and some tickets are still available as of today. The event includes a speech from two-time Olympic medalist Ryan Cochrane, a silent auction and dinner as part of the celebration as the 2017 inductees are recognized and Kamloops Sports Council awards awarded. Tickets are $50, and it takes place at the Coast Hotel in Aberdeen.
One of Canada’s defining moments, the First World War battle of Vimy Ridge, took place 100 years ago. To commemorate the anniversary a memorial ceremony will be held Sunday at the Battle Street cenotaph between 1 Avenue and 3 Avenue. A parade will open things at 1 p.m. Veterans, local politicians, cadets and families will be participating in the ceremony, which will include a reading of a colour party, a reading of the names of Vimy veterans from the Kamloops area and the restarting of the clock in the cenotaph. Refreshments will be offered after at the Lansdowne Street legion.
Sunday members of Kamloops’s Chinese community will be celebrating Ching Ming at the Kamloops Chines Heritage Cemetery on Hudson Trail and is inviting the community at large to participate as well. Ching Ming is one of the biggest days of celebration the Chinese calendar, honouring their ancestors. The incense ceremony and reception will take place at the historic cemetery starting at 1 p.m.
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