Many activities planned for Action Festival weekend

There are plenty of things to do for the whole family at the 32nd annual Summerland Action Festival, June 6 to 8.

Three days of free live entertainment, a 72-team slo-pitch tournament, Giants Head Run, Man of Steel triathlon, a parade and tons of things to do for the whole family is planned for the 32nd annual Summerland Action Festival, June 6 to 8.

This year sees the return of the midway rides in Memorial Park after a seven-year absence.

Action Fest staples are returning including the slo-pitch tournament, the FortisBC parade on Saturday morning with the Critteraid Mutt Strut starting at 10 a.m. and the Action Fest Dance at the Summerland Arena from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The feature band at the dance is March Hare, a party-band based out of Vancouver. Tickets are available in advance only at Mac’s, Bell Jacoe and Co. and at the Kinsmen Beverage Garden in Memorial Park. Doors open at 9 p.m. and no minors are allowed.

All the other live entertainment is free and takes place at the Memorial Park Bandshell. A fireworks display, sponsored by Appleton Waste Service Inc.,  will light up the sky at 10:20 p.m. on Friday.

On Friday No Fixed Address, followed by The Saint James will kick things off on the stage starting at 6 p.m. The headliner for the evening is Barracuda, a tribute to Heart, on stage at 8:50 p.m. Saturday is dedicated to local acts starting at 11 a.m. with the junior talent showcase featuring Tiana Ferlizza, Katie Sterk and Beamer Wigley. They will be followed by children’s entertainer Matt Dufus, Penticton’s Plan C, the Slam Dogs, Worms Hate Rain and Juno award-winning Pugs and Crows at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday an interdenominational church service takes place on the main stage at 10 a.m. followed by entertainer Dufus, Silent Alarm, Jo and the Soul, Worms Hate Rain, Papa Wheely and the headliner, LegZZ, a tribute to ZZ Top takes the stage at 4 p.m.

Slo-pitch games will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday on all fields and will continue until Sunday afternoon with the tournament award presentations made at the beverage gardens at 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Park.

On Saturday The Man of Steel Triathlon starts at 7 a.m., wrist wrestling will take place in the beverage gardens starting at noon and the Giant’s head Run starts at 6 p.m.

The Kiwanis Club will host a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. in Memorial Park on Saturday and Sunday. Vendors will be in the park on all three days.

For more information or for a schedule visit summerlandactionfestival.com.