Peachfest rolls out welcome for top BMX riders and skateboarders

Event expected to attract some of the top skateboarders and BMX riders in Western Canada has been added to Penticton's Peach Festival.

An event expected to attract some of the top skateboarders and BMX riders in Western Canada has been added to the Peach Festival.

The Peachpit Pentown Throwdown is scheduled for Aug. 9 to 11 at the Penticton Youth Park on West Riverside Drive.

“This is the first time that this type of BMX event will be held outside of the Lower Mainland,” said Peach Festival director Scott Mayhew. “It will be a lot of fun for both the competitors and spectators.”

The event is organized by the Peach Festival and City of Penticton recreation department in conjunction with the Pentagon Board Shop, Freedom Bike Shop and Freeride Board Shop.

Registration, along with a meet and greet, is scheduled for Aug. 9. The following day there will be an amateur skateboard competition from 1 to 3 p.m., an amateur BMX event from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and a pro skateboard meet from 6 to 8 p.m. The champions in all categories will be honoured on the Peach Festival main stage at 9 p.m. in Okanagan Lake Park. On the third day, about 75 of the top BMX riders in Western Canada will compete in a pro event from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DJ Global will provide music throughout the Pentown Throwdown. Limited pre-registrations for both skateboarders and BMX riders will be available April 15 at cityweb.penticton.ca/econnect/start.asp. Helmets are mandatory for all participants. For more information on the event visit www.pentown.ca after April 15. The 66th annual Penticton Peach Festival is scheduled Aug. 7 to 11.