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Thousands arrive early for day 2 of COG

Day two of Center of Gravity 2011 brought sunny skies and thousands of people down to City Park for the first full day of sporting events.

The crowds and competitors arrived early, and by noon a steady stream of people were filing in to City Park.

The event got off to a rocky start Friday night when headliner Busta Rhymes pulled out, apparently unable to make the connection from Toronto in time for the show.

Canadian born A-Trak, who was going to be on before Rhymes, stepped up and extended his set.

Kelowna RCMP report things went smoothly for them at City Park. However, it turned into a busy night in the downtown area as patrons left the park and headed into the bar district.

There were a number of minor disturbances that kept officers busy, but no major incidents.

The heat on Friday also took its toll, with a few people being taken from the site on stretchers.

First aid personnel said there were no serious incidents, just what you expect to see when you get so many people combining alcohol and hot sun, and they expect more of the same on Saturday.

With a high of  32 degrees forecast, people are advised to wear sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids and find a way to stay cool.

As the park filled up on Saturday morning many people were heeding that advice, showing up covered in sunscreen, if little else.

There is a full slate of activity today, with the opening rounds of the Pro Beach Volleyball and Four-on-Four Pro Basketball tournaments, as well as freestyle motocross and mountain bike demonstrations, music on the main stage starting at 3 p.m. and plenty of vendors to shop at.

The event is completely sold out so you can't walk up and buy a ticket. However, if you want to see some of the action, remember to log on to Castanet on Sunday afternoon.

Starting at 3 p.m., Castanet will stream SHAW TV live with coverage of the finals of the Pro Beach Volleyball and Pro Basketball events as well as the Slamdunk competition.

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