The Sunshine Festival will be held in downtown Vernon June 18. Participants are currently being sought.

The Sunshine Festival will be held in downtown Vernon June 18. Participants are currently being sought.

Groups invited to festival

The Downtown Vernon Association is urging local groups to be a part of the 22nd annual Sunshine Festival June 18.

Summer is still a few months away but plans are already underway for a seasonal event.

The Downtown Vernon Association is urging local groups to be a part of the 22nd annual Sunshine Festival June 18.

“We’re inviting the whole community to get involved by setting up an information booth or a sidewalk sale tent” said Hailey Rilkoff, events and promotions co-ordinator. “This year, what we would really love to see more of is sponsored activities.”

Activities, such as free face painting, kids bounce castles and adult obstacle courses, are just a few of the options available for business sponsorship.

Businesses and groups can also host their own activity such as the JCI Vernon dunk tank at or the Vernon Public Art Gallery community art project.

The deadline for groups to register for the Sunshine Festival is May 31, with the early bird deadline April 22.

DVA members and not-for-profit early bird registration fees start at $75, with general early bird registration starting at $200.

For more festival information, visit www.downtownvernon.com, call 250-542-5851 or e-mail events@downtownvernon.com.