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Party on: Penticton celebrates Canada Day

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PENTICTON - You are invited to join in the celebrations for Canada's 151st birthday in Penticton's Gyro Park on Sunday.

Things kick off with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 1, to raise funds for Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society. The cash-only breakfast will be $7 per person and includes coffee, water or juice.

Downtown Penticton Association executive director Lynn Allin says the society provides education and early intervention treatment to children facing developmental challenges while also supporting the families of these children.

“We also have a very full day of activities and entertainment planned,” Allin says. “We’ve got a great line up of musical talent and performances scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that will surely delight people of all ages.”

There will also be face painting, bouncy castles, a petting zoo and more, all day long. Grab a blanket, water and sunscreen and head downtown to enjoy the day with friends and family.

The official opening ceremony will take place at noon on the band shell stage, beginning with the National and Okanagan anthems, and local dignitaries who will provide welcoming remarks.

But will there be cake at the party?

“Of course there’s a great big cake. Canada Day in Penticton isn’t complete without cutting a massive traditional Canada Day cake,” Allin says with a laugh.

The Downtown Penticton Association tent will also be hosting a cupcake decorating station, while supplies last. The day will end with fireworks over Okanagan Lake starting at dusk, 10 p.m.

The downtown association collaborated with the Penticton Lakeside Resort to successfully raise $25,000 for the fireworks show.

“We reached our goal due to the generosity of EllisDon, Murray Buick GMC, Penticton Western News, Poplar Grove Winery, DaSilva Vineyards and Winery, SW Event Technology, the City of Penticton and a whole host of others,” says Allin, adding local businesses are often the city’s strongest champions of community events like Canada Day.

Canada Day long weekend is one of the busiest weekends for the city’s downtown and this year is no exception.

The Downtown Community Market takes place as usual on Saturday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., while the Penticton Farmers' Market goes from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

On Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Main Street’s 100 block and Gyro Park will have a full slate of vendors.

It is strongly recommended people intending to drive downtown on Saturday and Sunday check the City of Penticton’s website for road closures prior to departure.

For information about Canada Day activities and schedules go here.

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