Peachfest kicks off with a big bang

A pair of the SkyHawks parachute team demonstrate their skills on opening day of Peachfest. (Mark Brett - Western News) A member of the Black Widow Rope Spinners performs at the Kids Zone in Gyro Park. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Six-year-old Jesse James Kerby took a turn for the better on this apparatus at the Rona Kids Zone Wednesday morning.
The Bee team prepares for the start of their race against the Snowbirds in the heat event of the peach bin races.
Young pilots on the course in the Bee entry in the peach bin races on Main Street Wednesday.
Members of the Snowbirds peach bin racing team do some repairs between heats. (Mark Brett - Western News)
All nine members of the Snowbirds join together at the show’s start.
A trio of Snowbirds in tight configuration. (Mark Brett - Western News)
With smoke on, seven of the nine Snowbirds perform in the show box over Okanagan Lake.
The Snowbirds send their love over Okanagan Lake.

Thousands of people packed Okanagan Lake Park, lined the shoreline and even climbed Munson Mountain to catch the opening day aerial act of the 72nd Penticton Peach Festival.

And the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds and the SkyHawks did not disappoint, thrilling the appreciative crowd with their demonstrations, which lasted nearly two hours.

The premiere of the five-day, free family event also included the Rona Kids Zone in the morning, the competitive peach bin race, won by the Snowbirds team again this year, and the Crash Test Dummies concert that night at the park.

Peachfest events upcoming this weekend include The Peters Bros. Grand Parade on Saturday, travelling down Main Street starting at 10 a.m.

The Kiddies Day Parade is Sunday at 11:30 a.m.


 

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