Readying for Peach Festival

Penticton Peach Festival organizers were busy Tuesday setting up stages and bleachers in preparation for the 67th annual festival, starting Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Highlights in 2014 range from the best entertainment line up they have ever had to the trampoline wall and power track show.

"I think the Peach Fest has become a fantastic family event," said festival president Don Kendall. "We have people of all ages come to the event and thanks to our sponsors, we can keep it all free."

The headliner on opening night, Wednesday, Aug. 6, will be Emerson Drive, a Canadian country band, which has met with success in Canada and the United States, on the main stage.

Trooper, presented by Peters Bros. Construction, will be on the main stage on Thursday. In their only previous appearance at the festival in 2011, the band attracted a record crowd, estimated at 7,000 people to Okanagan Lake Park.

Then on Friday, the festival will host its first tribute night. Forever Young, a Neil Young tribute, High Voltage, an AC/DC tribute, and U4, a U2 tribute will perform on the main stage.

The Stampeders will be on the main stage on Saturday.

The Phonix and Killarney will perform on the last day of the festival, Aug. 10.

The Trampoline Wall and Power Track Show, presented by the Lakeside Resort, will perform daily at Okanagan Lake Park during the festival.

The show is produced by Milord Entertainment, based in Quebec.

Milord is the same company that brought the Flying Fools high dive show to the festival in 2011.

Two new events are being held in conjunction with the festival. They are Backstreet is Peachy, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Backstreet Boulevard, tonight, Tuesday,  and the first annual Peach Bin Race on opening day, Wednesday, on Main Street.

The city of Penticton and BC Transit are offering extended hours in support of the Peach Festival from Aug. 6 to 10.

Route #5 Main Street to Skaha Lake will be modified to better serve residents and visitors who are attending the festival. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday - evening hours will be extended from the current 6 p.m. until midnight.

Sunday service on the Route #5 will be introduced for Aug. 10 only with service hours from 7 a.m. to midnight. Regular fares apply. 

For more information on fares, routes and schedules please consult www.bctransit.com/regions/pen.

More information on the festival, being held in Penticton until Aug. 10, is available at www.peachfest.com.

Go to the DPA website, downtownpenticton.org, for more information on the events being held in conjunction with the festival.



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