Taking in Daze?

It’s the Canada Day weekend and that means Westside Daze is just around the corner.

This year will feature five days of free family fun beginning June 27 and running through July 1 in West Kelowna.

Once again there will be a parade, fireworks, entertainment, music and cutting of the Canada Day cake.

“Westside daze is the signature festival for the Westside,” says Mayor Doug Findlater.

“As members of council, we all participate and really enjoy it, ourselves personally and our families are there as well.”

Due to Canada Day falling on a Tuesday, the festival has been expanded to five days this year, and will again feature free evening concerts Friday through Monday.

“That’s an expansion from four days, which we normally have. But that’s important because it’s growing. This is one of the most successful, annual events in this valley,” Findlater adds.

“Other events seem to come and go, fade out, fade in; somehow this always seem to endure. I think it has the magic formula, and that’s the tremendous volunteer effort. It’s family friendly. And no beer garden, no alcohol -- which means it doesn’t have some of those other problems that a lot of the other events have.”

The entire festival is put on through tremendous volunteer support with a core group of 15 people on the committee, but there will also be a large turnout from the Telus ambassadors who will be helping out at the event, in addition to several members of Freedom’s Door.

“Because Westside Daze is all volunteer run, if you didn’t have the volunteers you wouldn’t get the kind of support in the community to be able to have such great events and to be able to go out there and get such great sponsors,” says Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas, who was also on hand to kick off the festivities.

Aside from the above-mentioned events, there will also be the Kinshira Fire Troupe performing, an Elvis tribute, and a car show.

New events this year will be a dog agility competition, a CARdboard roadster contest for the kids, and a racing boat demo. More information can be found on the Westside Daze website.

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