Overlander's Day brings Kamloops North Shore alive

Overlander's Day in Kamloops was filled with culture, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

KAMLOOPS - The postponement of Overlander’s Day in Kamloops in August due to wildfire smoke did not affect Sunday’s rescheduled event.

Families came out by the hundreds yesterday, Sept. 23, to Brocklehurst Park on the North Shore to enjoy an old-fashioned picnic and family festival.

“This year’s line-up of events, old-fashioned games, and activities and entertainment included over a dozen cultural groups, family games, animal zone and bouncy castles,” said Patti Phillips, marketing and public relations director of the North Shore Business Improvement Association, who organized and hosted the event.

The damp ground and sporadic showers didn't keep people away, and the sun even came out as the day progressed. Even the change in location was a hit, as organizers preferred the site at Brock Park.

Jeremy Heighton, the business association's executive director, was a little unsure of what to expect with the date and venue change, but said the number of attendees was about the same as last year.

Face down at the pie eating contest during Overlander's Day, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.
Face down at the pie eating contest during Overlander's Day, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

The tug of war and pie eating contests were a big crowd pleaser, while the entertainment offered a variety of cultural displays and sounds from martial arts to drumming. The bouncy castle and gladiator jousting were a hit, as was the face painting, food trucks, vendors and business displays, including iNFOnews.ca.

iNFOnews.ca was on hand taking in the fun of Overlander's Day, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.
iNFOnews.ca was on hand taking in the fun of Overlander's Day, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

Heighton said he’s already thinking about next year’s festival and mentioned the possibility of including use of the pool for a donation to the food bank. Those details will have to be worked out yet. 

Overlander’s Day is a celebration of the Cultural DNA of the North Shore, and is a time to connect as family and friends to eat, play and share.

Visit the North Shore Business Improvement Association website for more information and events around the North Shore.


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