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Vernon sunshine festival set to shine

29th annual Downtown Sunshine Festival goes Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on 30th Avenue
S ummer Kale makes cotton candy at the Little Miracles tent during the annual Downtown Vernon Association’s Sunshine Festival Saturday. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)

Officially, the summer solstice arrives in 2023 just before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21.

Solstice, schmolstice says the Downtown Vernon Association.

“Forget summer solstice. In Vernon we celebrate the start of everyone’s favourite season at the Downtown Vernon Sunshine Festival,” said DVA marketing manager Peter Kaz.

The 29th annual DVA Sunshine Festival is set for Saturday, June 17. The past two years, the DVA held a successful alternative called Sunshine ‘Day’ that focused on the businesses (while working around regulations for events).

“This year, we are closing off six city blocks to transform 30th Avenue into a vehicle-free playground for both children and adults,” said Kaz. “While showcasing our wonderful downtown businesses and a few outside vendors, you won’t get bored. Grab the squad and bask under the Okanagan sun (or cloud).”

The 29th Annual Sunshine Festival is presented by VantageOne Credit Union. It is a free event with free parking at all meters. Play games, meet mascots, listen to live music throughout, find new treasures, eat, dance, shop and so much more.

A sample of what you will see:

- The Food Zone which consists of food trucks, picnic tables w/umbrellas;

- The main stage for bands (on every hour from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and more;

- Children’s activities can be found in The Kids Zone (the 2900 block). Find games, music, a reptile show, face painting, illusionist, balloon animals and more.

“At noon LOOK UP! We have a special surprise for you,” said Kaz.

View the DVA website or social media for more details. Proudly presented by VantageOne Credit Union and supported by Nixon Wenger.

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