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South Okanagan weekend filled from Granfondo to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic

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Riders in the 2022 Okanagan Granfondo at the start line in downtown Penticton. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Another weekend of events is coming to Penticton and the South Okanagan Similkameen.

The biggest event of the weekend is the return of the Granfondo for the 11th year to the region.

The cycling competition will bring in 2,600, with the main event to take place on Sunday, July 9, preceded by the smaller Piccolofondo for the youth on Saturday, July 8.

There will multiple road closures in the city of Penticton starting on Saturday.

Cyclists will also be traveling along the highways, so if you are going anywhere on Sunday, you will need to be vigilant and pay attention to traffic control where necessary. This year there is no leg that will be traveling north on Highway 97 to Summerland due to the issue of the landslide at the bottom of Summerland Hill.

There will also be a free expo on Friday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

READ MORE: Road closures coming to Penticton as 3,000 cyclists race in Okanagan Granfondo

On Saturday, if you head into the woods that day, or just to the Keremeos Grist Mill and Gardens, you may not believe your eyes when you come across a Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

The popular event returns starting at 11 a.m., so bring your favourite stuffed friend and head down to enjoy an afternoon picnic packed with music, story-time, scavenger hunt, games, crafts and more.

If your favourite needs a little TLC, volunteers doctors and nurses will be staffing a Teddy Bear Hospital and offering minor repairs by donation.

The Grist Mill will be offering up prizes for biggest stuffie, oldest stuffie, best-dressed stuffie and most lookalike (with owner).

Children aged twelve and under who bring their own stuffies will get free admission for the day; all others are $15 or $10 if prepaid through the Grist Mill’s website.

The Sunflower Cafe in Summerland will be serving its first dinner in the traditional style of the Ukrainian refugee family who run it.

Space is limited and requires a reservation, but for $40 the meal includes a full three courses, as well as live music.

Andrii Murat worked as a pastry chef at Zias Stonehouse in Summerland after the family arrived in Summerland, and now he and his wife Iuliia have recently opened the Sunflower Cafe.

READ MORE: Ukrainian pastry chef working at Summerland restaurant gets help to fulfill dream

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Brennan Phillips

About the Author: Brennan Phillips

Brennan was raised in the Okanagan and is thankful every day that he gets to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
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