Summer FEST set to rock

Skateboarding, BMX, live music – and free food – are sure to draw crowds of young people to Summer FEST.

The free festival for youths and young adults takes place July 14 at Swalwell Park in Lake Country.

A skateboard and BMX competition will run from 2 to 5:30 p.m., showcasing upgrades to the skate park completed this spring. 

“We’re lucky to have the expertise of Bobby Kennedy (of Kelowna skateshop BKRY), organizer of the Centre of Gravity BMX and skateboard competition, and some generous sponsors,” said Ryan Donn, cultural development co-ordinator for the municipality.

Other action-packed activities include Zorb soccer, HydroBlast, and an obstacle course.

There will also be an "Art Alley" with airbrush tattoos, henna and more. 

And don't forget the free grub. There will be free pizza from Little Caesars and Pizza Hut, free DQ dilly bars, Sun Rype juice boxes, and bottled of water from Save-On Foods.

Entertainment includes DJ Craig Kiltau aka Ghostcurb, and live music from Victoria Waller, local band Reason to Wake, Bdice, and headliner Neon Dreams at 8 p.m.  

“It will be great to see local sponsored skater, Johnny Tassopoulos and BMXer Ajay Weintz showing their skills in the competition,” said Shaun Lesowski, Lake Country's parks superintendent.

The two were involved in the design process of skate park upgrades over the past few years.

The public is invited to freeride after the competition.

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