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Tiptoe through the lavender

Festival season is here, and there is no shortage of celebrations in the Okanagan.

On July 13, the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm will be hosting its 12th annual Art in the Garden.

Coinciding with the lavender harvest, the family friendly festival takes place each year at the farm located at the corner of Takla and Saucier Roads in South Kelowna.

This year’s theme is ‘The Chair in the Garden’, a vintage gathering for families with art, food and music.

The farm has organized a juried exhibit and is inviting the public to place entries in the following categories: upcycled pallet/barrel chairs, vintage garden chairs, and fairy garden chairs (for children and for children at heart). Entry forms are available at the farm or online.

The exhibition begins on Saturday, July 12. On Sunday, July 13 there is a judge’s breakfast and voting; judges include: Maxine DeHart, Michelle and Chris Sorenson, Annabel Stanley and Jennifer Schell.

You can pick your own lavender bouquet, weave a lavender wreath or wand and take a guided tour, during the festival. History buffs will enjoy the farm’s heritage museum and there are plenty of activities for children such as searching for ‘Bob’, getting lost in the hedge maze, following the scavenger hunt and washing laundry with a hand pump and wash board.

Festivities get underway at 10 a.m. each day and and run until 6 p.m.


Volunteers needed for Midsummer 8K road race

Love being part of the athletic community?

Interested in assisting others in achieving their goals?

Why not become a volunteer at this years Midsummer 8K Road Race taking place Sunday July 6th.

They are currently looking for road marshals, food handlers, setup/takedown crew, finish line crew, and water station distributors. 

Please contact RJ Dueck, Race Director at 250.878.3388, or email [email protected] 

The Midsummer 8K is part of the Timex BC Series, and is sanctioned by BC Athletics.

Location - Gyro Beach
Start Time at 7:00 am
End Time at 10:00 am

Okanagan trestle tours

The Okanagan Trestles Tour is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Myra Canyon Trestles. The original construction took place between 1912 and 1914.  

The Okanagan Trestles Tour is a self paced, supported ride (not a race) on the famous KVR from Myra Canyon to Penticton (80 km ride). The new (40 km ride) Chute Lake to Penticton is also proving to be very popular. 

Interest has grown in participation and sponsorship has grown as well.  “People really enjoy having the ride organized for them, the shuttle service, water and snacks on route, first aid on route, mechanic support on route and the great finish celebration with live music, BBQ, beer and wine.  It is the perfect summer day," said event organizer Glenn Bond.

Cannery Brewing, Penticton Lakeside Resort and Interior Savings are among the new sponsors supporting the event. Specialized Bikes is the major sponsor and has provided amazing draw prizes from helmets, tires, clothing and more.  

The three Okanagan Specialized dealers (Freedom, Fresh Air and Olympia) provide mechanical support on route. 

Participants also have the chance to win beer from the Cannery or wine from the Naramata Bench. 

Big White has a team at the start scanning everyone on route and at the finish so everyone is accounted.  There are two professional photographers on route to capture the day. 

Participants can purchase a photo after the event as well.

Rail Trails are popular for cycling around the world and we have one of the best routes in the Okanagan. The 80 km ride from Myra Canyon to Penticton provides incredible views of Okanagan Lake; you will cross 20 trestles and encounter 3 tunnels.  Mountain Bikes are recommended or a hybrid bike with wider tires.  

Experience the Okanagan Trestles Tour Sunday July 6, 2014. 

Registration is open until June 30 at 

For more information contact:

Glenn Bond

[email protected]



Locals raise cash for cancer

The Cyclepath Cyclotrons are heading down to Vancouver for the 2014 Silver Wheaton Ride to Conquer Cancer this weekend.

The Kelowna team of 30 riders, has raised over $94,000, close to their target of $100,000, to help support leading research at the BC Cancer Agency. 

Garry Norkum of Cyclepath, says the team has had great support from local businesses who have donated to the fundraising effort.

"We're currently in 16th place with money raised and would really like to have exceeded $100,000 this year but we had a few team members drop out for various reasons. We've almost surpassed $400,000 over the five years we've been participating."

The money raised has a direct impact on the Okanagan since the funds raised are directed to the Kelowna Cancer Centre.

The Cyclotrons, who have been sponsored for the past five years by Cyclepath, are the largest team participating in the event from B.C's Interior, however there are a number of other teams from the area participating. 

Approximately 3,000 riders will leave the Lower Mainland and travel as far as Mount Vernon in Washington State the first day, where they overnight and then continue to Seattle on day two.

This year the organizers have provided more options to riders with the choice of cycling back to Vancouver on day two or continuing on to Seattle. Riders can also choose to ride either 120 kms per day or the "Challenge" route of 160 kms.

Norkum says most of the teams have spent the past few months training for the this ride.

"Most team members have put in a number of 90+ km training rides over the past month."

The Cyclepath Cyclotrons have until August to collect donations for this year's ride. Riders have to raise a minimum of $2500 each to participate.  If you would like to contribute please visit their website:

If you're interested... the Cyclepath Team will start recruiting for the 2015 team starting next week!


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