Festival offers arts, entertainment and more under the sun

Organizers of this year’s 19th annual Sunshine Festival are doing sun salutations in hopes for clear skies for Saturday’s event.

Morning Star Staff

Organizers of this year’s 19th annual Sunshine Festival are doing sun salutations in hopes for clear skies for Saturday’s event in downtown Vernon.

Taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 30th Avenue, from 29th to 32nd Street, the event features live music, performing and visual arts as well as a ton of activities for the kids.

The Nixon Wenger arts and entertainment stage, located at 29th Street at the 2900 block, is stacked full of performing artists all day.

Artists scheduled to perform include Kiki the Eco Elf (9:30 a.m.), Arran Campbell Memorial Pipe Band (10:10 a.m.), Eli Garlick and Hana Friedman (10:50 a.m.), Adrenaline Rush (11:30 a.m.), the Beairsto Dance Squad Flash Mob (12:05 p.m.), Vernon Yoga with Carla Chernenkoff  (12:10 p.m.), Argyll Celtic dancers (12:50 p.m.), Ben Klick (1:30 p.m.), Desert Moon Dancers (2:10 p.m.), Angela Roy and Expression Collective (2:40 p.m.), Moose People (3:20 p.m.), Camryn Sproule (4 p.m.) and Kiki the Eco Elf (4:40 p.m.)

Kiki will also be roaming the downtown core to entertain the kids with her environment friendly message.

On the main stage at 31st Street, between the 3000 and 3100 block, are musicians and bands from the Our Kids Have Talent competition (10 a.m.), Tanya Lipscomb (11 a.m.), Some Other Time (11:30 a.m.), Shawn Lightfoot Band (noon), Beairsto Dance Squad Flash Mob (12:50 p.m.), The Young ‘uns (1 p.m.), Deep Tapestry (2 p.m.), The Mumble Bees (3 p.m.) and The Goods (4 p.m.)

Gallery Vertigo volunteers will be in front of the Winnipeg Union Building at 30th Avenue and 31st Street all day to offer art projects for families and face painting. The Vernon Public Art Gallery will also be on hand at the 3200 block of 30th Avenue to offer participants a chance to take part in a collaborative art piece that will later be donated to Vernon and District Immigration Services.

Those walking by The Hub Arts Collective, located beside the Towne Cinema, can drop in to see the new exhibition by kindergarten and Grade 1 students from Mission Hill, Okanagan Landing and Ellison elementary schools.

New this year is the Welcoming Communities Global Workshop Zone and the Telus KidZone featuring a bouncy house, face painting, petting zoo, XBox, hula hoop and limbo fun, a loot filled sand pile, Wentworth Music Stage and more.

Visitors can also enjoy pony rides, a hockey shoot out, sportball, Vernon Recreation Centre Play Zone, NOYFSS dunk tank and other activities.

Free parking downtown and transit within city of Vernon limits to and from the festival is also being offered.