The 17th annual Sunshine Festival will take place in downtown Vernon June 18.

The 17th annual Sunshine Festival will take place in downtown Vernon June 18.

Popular festival set to shine on downtown Vernon

The sun is ready to shine in downtown Vernon.

The 17th annual Sunshine Festival takes place June 18 on 30th Avenue.

“Downtown Vernon truly comes alive with block after block of outstanding bargains, entertainment, children’s activities, outside street cafes, art and cultural performances and so much more,” said Holly Schmidt, events co-ordinator with the Downtown Vernon Association.

“We are excited to bring some of the favourites back while also adding some new activities.”

The event will feature many vendors for the sidewalk sale, including many downtown businesses.

There will also be three entertainment stages once again this year, including the main stage, the arts and entertainment stage and the Wentworth Music Education Centre stage.

The children’s activities range from bouncy houses and face painting to an inflatable obstacle course, pony rides and a climbing wall.

“We are also excited to be working with the Volunteer Bureau to have a dunk tank, which  is always a lot of fun,” said Schmidt.

While the planning is fully underway, the DVA is still looking for volunteers to help out on the day of the event.

“There are a number of different opportunities available including early morning shifts, day-time shifts and evening shifts,” said Schmidt.

“Volunteers always have a ton of fun and really get to feel the community excitement through their volunteer commitment.”

The DVA is also always interested in hearing from various entertainment groups interested in performing at the Sunshine Festival.

“We provide various groups such as school choirs, martial arts groups, dance groups, children’s entertainers, magicians, and others the opportunity to perform on the arts and entertainment stage. It’s a great way for groups to get some exposure at a very busy event,” said Schmidt.

If anyone is interested in having their group perform or they want to be a volunteer, they can contact 250-542-5851.