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Fintry Fair marks parks anniversary

Fintry Penner gets a hand from mom Daris LaPointe during her first visit to the Okanagan provincial park which she was named after. The daughter of attorney general Barry Penner makes a return visit Saturday for the Fintry Fair celebrating the B.C. Parks centennial. - Barry Penner photo
Fintry Penner gets a hand from mom Daris LaPointe during her first visit to the Okanagan provincial park which she was named after. The daughter of attorney general Barry Penner makes a return visit Saturday for the Fintry Fair celebrating the B.C. Parks centennial.
— image credit: Barry Penner photo

The centennial celebration of B.C. Parks is taking a trek out to Fintry Saturday and includes a visit from a special little lady.

Fintry Provincial Park, situated on the west shore of Okanagan Lake, marks the 100th anniversary of the province’s parks system with the inaugural Fintry Fair.

The full day of family fun includes entertainment, an art raffle, wagon rides, games and face painting, manor house tours and more.

The day begins with a pancake breakfast at from 8:30 to 10 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. Dignitaries on hand include Forests Minister Steve Thomson, MLA Ben Stewart, John Trewitt with B.C. Parks, Regional District of Central Okanagan chairperson Robert Hobson, West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater, Kelowna Coun. Charlie Hodge and Attorney General Barry Penner.

Joined by his wife, Daris, Penner is excited to bring his daughter back to the park which she is named after.

“She’s going to give the main presentation, she has lots to say,” laughed Penner of his five-month-old.

The former environment minister fell in love with Fintry’s diverse landscape, variety of flora and fauna, beach and waterfall.

“It’s a very unique park and some have described it as B.C.’s Garden of Eden,” said Penner, who along with his wife, is also a former parks ranger. “It’s an oasis in the Okanagan.”

So when their daughter was born on Feb. 20, the name Fintry fit well.

“We both liked Fintry. It suits her as well – a little bit of everything and she is beautiful just like the park.”

The fair will also have a special visit from the laird of Fintry, James Cameron Dun-waters, and his wife Alice (played by local drama groups). Dun-waters is credited for creating the Garden of Eden in the Okanagan after purchasing the land in the early 1900s and naming it Fintry.

The entertainment stage is opened with a barbershop quartet at 10:50 a.m., followed by feature artist Rob Dinwoodie (11:15 a.m., 2 and 3 p.m.), then Fritz and Roy play some classic soft rock at 11:40 a.m. Other entertainers include harpist Holly Smith at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., Michelle and Roy at 1:30  and 3:30 p.m.

There will also be more than $1,000 of art and pottery, donated to the Friends of Fintry, raffled off.

The Fintry Fair will also be visited by Peter Blundell, independent antiques appraiser, as he helps locals discover their heirlooms.

To book an appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., call 250-542-4540 (cost is $35 for up to 15 minutes). No jewelry, coins, stamps, guns or wrist watches (pocket watches are fine).

For more information on events at the Fintry Fair visit www.fintry.ca

 

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