Record collectors will be dropping the needle this weekend for the inaugural Okanagan Vinyl Fest.
Hosted by the Peach City Community Radio Society, the event takes place Sunday at Penticton’s Shatford Centre.
“The Okanagan Vinyl Fest is an event where the public can interact directly with vendors of new and vintage vinyl,” said even co-chairperson Ian Mackinder.
Local vendors, in addition to vendors from all over the Okanagan and beyond, will be there offering their LP records, CDs and audio equipment for sale to the public.
“This event will provide the perfect opportunity to find that rare gem that you have been looking for to round out your vinyl collection, or, for the novice collector, a chance to get your collection started at a very reasonable price,” said Mackinder.
In February, Peach City Radio conducted a Vinyl Drive, where locals donated more than 1,500 vinyl records to the society. This vinyl will be sold by Peach City Radio during the event and all proceeds will go towards supporting the society’s efforts to establish a voice for the community in the form of a full-time, community-based, broadcast radio station in Penticton.
Maintaining its commitment to the promotion of local artists and talent, Peach City Radio, will host live bands to entertain the vinyl enthusiasts as they peruse the various genres of music for sale. Scheduled to perform are Michael Musclow, Oceans & Lights, and Playing for Tips, with live entertainment beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Okanagan Vinyl Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Shatford auditorium, 760 Main St., Penticton. Entry is via the rear of the building near Penticton Secondary School. Regular admission is $2 per person. Between 9 and 10 a.m., keen collectors will have the opportunity to peruse the selection of items for sale during the Early Bird Hour for a special admission rate of $5. Admission is free for children 10 and under when accompanied by an adult.
More information is available at www.peachcityradio.org.