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Smashing pumpkins; it's a thing this weekend

The Kamloops Ski Swap and Sale comes to town this weekend.
November 01, 2019 - 6:00 AM

That crafty time of year has begun, but you can still squeeze in a little more Halloween fun this weekend, including pumpkin smashing. Here's ten things to do this weekend in Kamloops and the Okanagan. 


Craft-A-Fair, the yearly event that takes place this Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Sandman Centre, is back.

It features crafters selling a wide array of handmade items including clothing, jewelry, woodwork, pottery, glasswork and much more. Proceeds raised from this event go towards Royal Inland Hospital equipment.

This is the biggest and best craft fair in Kamloops. Parking is free, and admission is $2 with attendance funds benefitting the Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital.

For info please see website here


This one's a family-friendly event with food and drink, and pumpkin-smashing activities for all ages. Keep your pumpkins out of the landfill so they can be turned into compost. Participants will be able to drop, smash and roll their jack-o’-lanterns as part of this free event.

Bring your largest pumpkin to drop from a great height and watch it smash. Stick around for a big drop by Kamloops Fire and Rescue at 1 p.m. Kamloops Food Bank donations will be accepted at the event.

Registration requested, but not required. Register here


Are you ready for Kamloops' favourite ski swap hosted by Canadian Ski Patrol Inter-Mountain Zone?

Sell your old gear for cash and pick up your new favourite skis, board or soft goods for the season. This year's swap will take place Nov. 1 and 2 at the Kamloops Soccer Dome, 313 Nishga Way. Friday night is drop-off only from 5-9 p.m. Saturday the show and swap runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday. Item/cheque pick-up is from 5 -7 p.m.

Admission is $2 for adults, children 16 and under are free. Cost to enter Items is $2 per item and a 20 per cent commission that supports our zone's volunteer patrollers. For more info. go here


Come Shop, learn and meet new people at the Woman’s Fair at the Vernon Lodge and Conference this Sunday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

It’s the first Christmas event in the area, so it's a great opportunity to get shopping started. Doors open at 10 a.m. and is $5 (cash) at the door. The first 100 ladies get a goody bag, plus one lucky person will find a $100 bill inside their bag, and of course there will be tons of prizes and giveaways.


The 7th Annual Cheese: It’s a Natural takes place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Hassen Arena at 9:30 a.m.

This is the place to taste and buy artisan cheeses – all lovingly handcrafted with milk from sheep, goat, cow and water buffalo. If you are looking for guidance, who better to ask than the cheesemakers themselves, who will be on hand to provide samples and advice.

Cheesemakers will be joined by producers of specialty foods and food-related products. Think wine and spirits, craft cider and beer and add charcuterie, savory crackers, jams, chocolates, preserves, oils, condiments, wooden cutting boards and more. This is small batch production at its best, created by people who love what they do.

Due to the growth of this event, they will be moving to Hassen Arena where we can host additional vendors, demonstrations and displays. Cost is $5 per person. Those attending will pick up a cheese pass which will allow one complimentary tasting from each exhibitor until 3 p.m.

During the event, Cheese Poet David Beaudoin will host a ‘Cheese 101’ seminar in the morning and building on that, a Cheese & Brew seminar in the afternoon. Naomi with Birdsong Farm will also be hosting two cheese making demonstrations. Registration for the seminars will begin at 9:30 a.m. and be limited so register early. For more info, visit here


The 6th Annual Kelowna Wellness Fair is this weekend; Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parkinson Recreation Centre. Admission is free and you don’t want to miss a chance to find health information about everything from low energy levels to getting rid of unhealthy products in your home.

There is a huge array of vendors from weight loss products to chiropractors, spiritual healers, counselors, essential oils, massage therapists and so much more.

The fair is free to the public, with free welcome bags at the door and a prize table. Check out the web site here for more info.


Join in on the Offleashed Kelowna Gala Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Coast Capri Hotel.

This heartwarming evening brings together animal lovers in Kelowna - and some furry friends - for a chic and glamorous night. Enjoy the cocktail and canapé reception, three-course meal paired with local Okanagan wines, entertainment, dancing, enticing silent and live auctions and of course the famous Cuddle Lounge.

Hear inspiring stories of lifesaving work in our community and beyond.

All funds raised through Offleashed Kelowna support the B.C. SPCA Kelowna branch's work in animal welfare, including ending animal cruelty and creating caring and compassionate communities. See here for more info


The Penticton Trade and Convention Centre is turning into a Christmas extravaganza of crafts for the Artisan’s Christmas Craft Fair this Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibitors are chosen for their handcraft skills and rejection of mass-produced products. You will find products such as clothing, stained glass, pottery, metalwork, jewelry, specialty foods, health & beauty products, photography, paintings and Christmas decor.

Admission is $4, kids under 14 are free. Tickets available at the door.


It’s an explosion you’ll want to get in on.

Come shoot a pumpkin at the Penticton Shooting Sports Association. If it explodes, you win a prize. Ten dollars gets you 10 rounds. Guns will be provided, please do not bring any of your own. Range officers will be on hand to help new shooters. This event is open to all ages and you do not have to be a member to come and have fun. Visit their Facebook page here

To contact our events coordinator, email Stacy Pavlov or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

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