Penticton weekend includes activities with a fall flavour

The 17th annual Similkameen Sizzlefest is one of several events taking place in Penticton and the South Okanagan and Similkameen this weekend.
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PENTICTON - Weekend activities have switched to a fall theme in Penticton and the South Okanagan, a perfect match for the fall-like weather predicted for the region.

Tomorrow, Sept. 15 is Eve of Destruction night at the Penticton Speedway, with Hornets, Street Stocks and the Hit to Pass Eve of Destruction. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults, youth and senior $15, and kids 10 and under $5. A pit pass is $25 and a family pass (two adults and two youth) is $60. For more details see the Penticton Speedway website.

The Summerland Stomp western dance is taking place at the Summerland Rodeo Grounds on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The stomp features “Appaloosa,” with two-step lessons available from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a concession on site. Tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. Pre-event tickets are available at Country Corner, Peacock’s Liquor Store, OK Corral Cabaret and Diamond H Tack. The event is a fundraiser for improvements to the rodeo grounds.

The 31st Annual South Okanagan Toy Run gets underway at the Peach Rotary Park on Lakeshore Drive, Sunday at 9 a.m. Toys and donation go to St. Vincent De Paul to make a better Christmas for those less fortunate. Meet at Rotary Park at 9 a.m., kickstands up at 10 a.m. For more information see the Okanagan Motorcycle Riders Association website.

The Similkameen Sizzle is Canada’s only hot pepper festival, taking place for the 17th time in Keremeos on Saturday. Events start with a family dance Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Sizzle activities get started on Saturday with breakfast in Memorial Park at 7:30 a.m. followed by games, raffles, the chilli cook-off, live music and the hot pepper eating contest. For more information, see the Village of Keremeos website.

Penticton’s markets will also be operating on Saturday, with the Penticton Farmers' Market in the 100 block of Main Street from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Downtown Community Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

- This story was updated at noon Sept. 14 to correct the operational hours of the Downtown Community Market.


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