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Vernon's Canada Day packed with fun, food and fireworks

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June 26, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The North Okanagan Canada Day Society is excited to present an amazing celebration for Canada’s birthday this year.

The July 1 activities will kick off in Polson Park at 10 a.m. with the official opening ceremonies and cake cutting at 12 p.m.

“We are excited to announce the Olympia Cycle and Ski kids bicycle rodeo, ATV rides, Dogopogo Dog agility demonstration and Okanagan Skate Co. freestyle skateboard competition are back again and new this year we will have the Extreme motocross team jumping an Okanagan Restoration Cube Van,” says NOCDS president Dave Frost.

“The O’Keefe Ranch Stagecoach has also returned to offer nostalgic rides around the park. We also have a fantastic line up of stage events as well as food vendors, a dunk tank, Floppy Shots mini-golf, stilt walkers, Brown’s Social House bouncy castles and carnival games presented by Emmanuel Baptist Church. Vernon Winter Carnival will also be running broomball games this year so come on out and have some fun."

Frost extends a special thank you to Dump Runz, Black & McDonald, Olympia Cycle and Ski, Vernon Volkswagen, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Okanagan Restoration Services and Brown’s Social House whose generous community-minded support enable events like this to continue.

Polson Park main stage:  • 10 a.m. - Sadok Ukrainian Dancers • 11 a.m. – Knu Punk • 11:45 a.m. – Kalamalka Highland Pipe Band • 12 p.m - Opening Ceremonies  including Color Party, dignitaries, speeches • 12:15 p.m. - Singing of O’ Canada • 12:30 p.m. – Cake cutting, aircraft flyover in formation, kids bike parade registration • 12:40 p.m. - Kids bike parade • 1 p.m. – Kiki the Eco Elf • 2:15 p.m. - Magician Leif David • 3 p.m. – Vic  The One Man Dance Band.

Polson Park field events: • 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – Extreme motocross demonstrations with Reagan Sieg Co-sponsored by Okanagan Restoration • Dogopogo dog agility demonstration at 10:30 a.m. • Dump Runz dunk tank running all day with special guests • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – ATV, dirt bike and off-road vehicle static displays on the east end of track • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Vernon ATV Club with a special course geared up to give rides to kids in a side by side train. • O’Keefe horse-drawn stagecoach rides around the park • Stilt walkers performing live throughout the day • Queen and Princess Silverstar • The Bubble Man will be doing demonstrations throughout the day • Dream Party Productions’ princesses will be in costume doing crafts and bubble fun • Return of the Kids Zone with bubbles, live games, hula hoop contest, face painting and more• 1 – 3 p.m. - Special Canada Day skateboard competition sponsored by Okanagan Skate Co. and other special sponsors to be announced.

There will be numerous vendors and displays on hand including iNFOnews who will be ready to play some games and send you off with giveaways.

Of course, the spectacular fireworks show sponsored by Craftsman Collision at the end of the day is a must-see. The skies over Kin Beach come alive at 10:30 p.m. July 1. 

Viewing points for the show include Paddlewheel Park, Kin Beach, Bench Road, Bella Vista and Lakeshore Roads. Additional parking is available at Marshall Fields which is a short walk from the Lakeshore road viewing area. Volunteer cleanup is scheduled for the morning following the fireworks with Vernon Yacht Club and area volunteers. Innerspace Diving will be doing a cleanup of sunken debris following the show. Beach Radio will hand out 3000 glow wristbands donated by Image Electric.

In the unfortunate event of inclement weather, listen to 107.5 Beach Radio for any updates or changes to the start time.

Established in 2016 the North Okanagan Canada Day Society is a nonprofit organization specializing in creating an unforgettable Canada Day Celebration for the citizens of the North Okanagan.


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