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Overlander's Day set to celebrate Kamloops culture and community

There will be no shortage of things to do at the Overlanders Day festival in Kamloops this weekend.
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July 17, 2019 - 6:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - The Overlander's Day festival is coming back to the North Shore this weekend and is expected to bring in thousands.

The annual festival is a celebration of the history, community, businesses, entertainment and food in Kamloops.

Patti Phillips, marketing and public relations manager with the North Shore Business Improvement Association, is organizing the event for the second year in a row. She says last year, the event brought in about 7,000 people, and this year will likely be just as busy.

Phillips says the event focuses on historical aspects of Kamloops, bringing in old games, contests and activities, while also focusing on the new energy of Kamloops and showcasing the city's diversity.

“It’s a family festival. If you’re two or 82, you can find something to do,” Phillips says.

There will be performances put on by various groups, such as the Japanese children’s choir, reggae bands, kickboxing performances and more.

“The music is very multicultural. We have everything from reggae to strumming to east Indian dancers. We've got kung-fu fighting, and we have Afreaka, which is African drums and dancing group,” Phillips says.

In addition to the performers, vendors around the park will offer henna tattoos, beauty services, locally made art and more. The B.C. SPCA, Kamloops Food Bank and Mount Paul Community Food Centre will all be at the event, sharing their missions and taking donations.

There will also be a picnic and classic outdoor games available for the young and old to partake in.

“We do the potato sack race, tug of war, ring toss and beanbag toss. We also do a watermelon eating contest,” Phillips says. “It’s a lot of fun.”

There will be an area specifically for the little ones, where they can play on an inflatable obstacle course, carousel and slide. Face painting, Paw Patrol mascots, the Big Little Science Centre, and a clown will also be there to entertain the young crowd. The park also has a playground and a swimming pool.

An animal corner will be set up with Crazy 8cres farms bringing in baby goats.

After working up an appetite, various food vendors from Kamloops will be serving up dishes. Eats Amore, Cookshack Cravings, 5 Bean Brewbar and Gyldi’s Pizza are just a few of the vendors who will be there.

Last year, the event had a pie eating contest, but this year's food eating contest is a bit healthier. The watermelon eating contest will be open to both children and adults but Phillips encourages people to contact the North Shore Business Improvement Association to sign up beforehand. The people who can eat the most in a certain amount of time will be awarded medals.

The event takes place on Sunday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Brock Park, and you can bring your canine friends along.

Check out the Facebook page here for more information.


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