Summerland’s reigning royalty and this year’s Blossom Pageant candidates will be at the 29th annual Festival of Lights in downtown Summerland later this month. From left are Emma Fetterer

Festival of Lights features country twist

This year’s Summerland Festival of Lights will feature festive fun with a country twist.

This year’s Summerland Festival of Lights will feature festive fun with a country twist.

The festival, on Friday, Nov. 25, is presented by the Summerland Chamber of Commerce and serves to kick off the festive season in the South Okanagan.

More than 6,000 people are expected to attend the 29th annual Festival of Lights.

The entertainment lineup features emerging modern country music.

Me And Mae, supported by Lisa Nicole will be the main stage performers.

They are presented by the festival’s new sponsor, Remax Orchard Country.

Me And Mae, based in British Columbia, play homegrown country music with rock and roll influences.

The band won the B.C. Country Music Awards — Ray McAuley Horizon Award in 2014 and has been nominated for this year’s Group/Duo of the year at the BC Country Music Association Awards.

Nicole was the 2015 winner of the B.C. Country Music Association/Music B.C. Artist Development Project.

Her breakthrough EP was Come Find Me. Her story-driven lyrics are fused with a modern country sound and a carefree stage presence.

“We are proud to present the best in emerging B.C. Country music talent on the Light-up Main Stage,” said Christine Petkau, executive director of the chamber.

“We are excited about all the festival activities at this year’s Festival of Lights.”

Other entertainment during the evening will include a visit from Santa, interactive ice sculptures and El Diablo, the mechanical bull.

The lights will be switched on at 7 p.m.

The evening will end with a fireworks display, presented by Summerland Credit Union.

Sponsors of the festival include the District of Summerland, Summerland Credit Union, Remax Orchard Country, Nesters Market, and IGA Summerland and its gold sponsors, RBC Royal Bank, The Summerland Motel, Shopper’s Drug Mart, The Summerland Waterfront Resort, Summerland Seniors Village, Tim Hortons, and True Grain Bread.

More information about the festival is available online at www.summerlandlightup.com and on Facebook at Summerland Festival of Lights.