Sand castle building is on the agenda during the Okanagan Landing Regatta at Paddlewheel Park Sunday.

Sand castle building is on the agenda during the Okanagan Landing Regatta at Paddlewheel Park Sunday.

Landing ready to celebrate annual regatta

Okanagan Landing Regatta gets underway Sunday at Paddlewheel Park

A North Okanagan tradition is alive and well.

The Okanagan Landing Regatta, which goes back to 1910, runs Sunday at Paddlewheel Park.

“It’s a family event,” said Victor Cumming, Okanagan Landing Community Association president.

“You can participate in games reminiscent of another era.”

The fun gets underway with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. and there will also be an all-day concession hosted by the Okanagan Landing Fire Department.

A sand castle building contest runs from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a dive for sunken treasures from 11 to 11:30 a.m. A bounce-and-play is available for children from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will be a colouring contest from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The action then hits the water with dingy boat races and paddlewheel boat construction and races from noon to 1 p.m.

Participants can dig into the watermelon eating contest from 1 to 2 p.m.

That will be followed by the cardboard boat construction and race from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Throughout the day, there will be a mural wall, face painting, an antique car show and a display by the Canadian Auxiliary Coast Guard.

All of the activities are free to participate in.

“The events are fun and easy and everyone goes home with a smile,” said Cumming.

The regatta is also a chance to bring the community together.

“We get a real strong showing from Landing residents,” said Cumming.

The annual festival also celebrates Paddlewheel Park.

More than 100 years ago, the area now known as the park was the home of ship building and passenger traffic on the lake.

In 1971, the association purchased the decommissioned land and buildings and developed a community park. Among those instrumental in that process was Alan Hill, a former regional district director.

“It was a tremendous decision from those early thinkers,” said Cumming of acquiring the land.

 

“The park is the focal point for the community. It’s heavily used right through the whole year.”