Sunshine fest unfolds downtown

The 20th annual Sunshine Festival is ready for local families and visitors Saturday

Downtown Vernon is kicking off the official start of summer with a sunny street tradition.

The 20th annual Sunshine Festival is ready for local families and visitors this year as it kicks off the start to the summer season on Saturday with a line-up of entertainment, activities and vendors on the streets.

“We can’t wait to celebrate the Sunshine Festival’s 20th year with all of Vernon,” said Downtown Vernon Association event co-ordinator Hailey Rilkoff.

“We’re very lucky to have Telus join us again as a sponsor for the KidZone this year. The Telus Kidzone is the place to bring your kids at the Sunshine Festival with a bounce house, free face painting, and tons of fun kids activities.”

But kids aren’t the only ones in for a summer treat.

“We have a great line up of street vendors and activities for all ages,” said Rilkoff.

Families can enjoy live entertainment, including Paperboy, AMISTAD, Younguns and Cod Gone Wild, on the main or arts and entertainment stages or wander through the streets to shop, dine or view the community art project. Kids can even plant their own mini garden in the Grow Your Own Garden station hosted by Briteland and the DVA.

With a forecast of brilliant sunshine, downtown businesses will once again be putting on Vernon’s largest sidewalk sale.

For those interested, they can have a shot at dunking local business owners and even Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky at the JCI Vernon dunk tank.

For those looking to dine or grab a bite to eat, the line-up of food vendors and restaurants is enough to tempt anyone’s palate.

The Downtown Vernon Association would like to thank the sponsors of the 20th annual Sunshine Festival: Sun FM, Telus and Briteland.

There will be free parking on downtown streets, in city parking lots and in the parkade. Public transit will be free to and from downtown Vernon within city limits.

The event will take place on 30th Ave., from 29th to 34th streets and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.