If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Oliver’s Recreation Program Manager Katie Eaton is encouraging residents and tourists alike to visit the Oliver Community Park for the Sunshine Festival, which kicks off this Friday at 5 pm.
This year’s main stage entertainment begins with Penticton-based folk pop duo Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole, followed by Great White North and popular Okanagan-based cover band Papa Wheely.
The festivities continue on Saturday morning, starting at 10:15 with the parade along Main Street, followed by one of this year’s new events, the Sun Salutation Yoga Challenge, which starts at 11:45 at the festival site. At noon, local dignitaries will join festival committee members in officially opening the event.
A number of exciting events are planned for the afternoon, including the Nankama West African Drum and Dance show, kiddie sack races, the Get Bent Belly Dancing show, a J.E.D.I Hip Hop dancing show and a tug-o-war challenge.
The festival also includes a kids’ craft tent and activity station, the Youth Ambassador’s duck races, a world food fair, rides by West Coast Amusements and more.
According to Eaton, all games and events are free, but there is a fee for refreshments and the amusement park. All funds raised throughout the weekend are allocated to support next year’s Sunshine Festival.