Vernon and North Okanagan
Jun 17, 2012 / 9:41 am
Rainy weather couldn’t keep the crowds from Vernon’s 18th Annual Sunshine Festival on Saturday.
Families flocked to the event, which closed down 30th Avenue from 9am to 5pm.
Ten thousand people were expected to take in the entertainment, great shopping deals and food on offer.
“I’ve been here four years,” says O’Keefe Event Coordinator Marilyn Berglund.
“The crowds weren’t bad. Lots of friendly people I think still having a good time. Last year it was hot and was really crowded for a lot of the day but overall, the numbers might not be that far down this year really. We always have fun.”
Children made use of the two bouncy castles on site, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall and even decorated the street with chalk art. There was face painting, animal balloons and a hockey shoot-out.
“I’ve been once before,” said Paula Helland. “Everybody is having so much fun, especially the kids. It’s nice to come down here and watch of it.”
Businesses participated in a large sidewalk sale and four stages situated along 30th Ave featured entertainment from The Hub Arts Collective, Vernon Community Music School and other great local talents.
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