The final day of the 66th Penticton Peach Festival will be a magical one for children.
On Aug. 11 kids will kick off the day of fun gathering at 10:30 a.m. in the CIty Centre parking lot for the annual Kiddies Day Parade with their decorated tricycles, bicycles and wagons. Prizes will be awarded in several age categories.
A marching band and fire truck then will lead hundreds of children down Main Street to Okanagan Lake Park. The parade, sponsored by the Downtown Penticton Association, gets underway at 11:30 a.m.
At the park, the Co-operators Kiddies Day entertainment includes well-known children’s performer Tony Prophet, who be on stage at noon. For more than 25 years, Prophet has been thrilling youngsters with his novelty songs, costumes and humour. He has performed at dozens of children’s festivals and shows throughout the province.
“Tony gets everyone involved with the fun,” said Peach Festival entertainment director Bill Kolter. “He knows how to get people up and out of the chairs.”
Also making an appearance at the Co-operators Kiddies Day will be Uncle Chris the Clown. The entertainer has been making kids laugh throughout the B.C. Interior for more than 20 years.
There will be free face painting for youngsters from noon to 2 p.m. and other special activities throughout the park. At 2 p.m. the Peach Trio circus performers, including a world-class juggler, acrobat and aerialist, will entertain in the centre of Okanagan Lake Park.
The Penticton Peach Festival is scheduled Aug. 7 to 11. For more information on schedules and entertainment visit www.peachfest.com.