Hundreds of runners participated in the five and 10-kilometre courses of the Giant’s Head Run. The run is a popular part of the Summerland Action Festival. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)

Hundreds of runners participated in the five and 10-kilometre courses of the Giant’s Head Run. The run is a popular part of the Summerland Action Festival. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)

YEAR IN REVIEW: Summerland festivals returned in 2022

Action Festival and Festival of Lights had been cancelled or scaled back earlier because of pandemic

After two years of closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Summerland’s two biggest festivals returned in 2022.

In June, the Summerland Action Festival was back with three days of sports events, entertainment and family activities.

The event had been cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of pandemic restrictions.

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While many of the event activities were back for 2022, the Action Festival Parade and Action Festival Dance did not happen.

The Summerland Action Festival was first held 40 years ago, in 1982, and has become a significant attraction since that time.

Prior to the pandemic, organizers estimated the festival would bring in more than 16,000 people over the three days.

In November the Summerland Festival of Lights returned, bringing residents and visitors downtown for the launch of the festive season in Summerland.

The festival, in downtown Summerland, included entertainment, activities, and the display of downtown holiday lights.

The event had been cancelled entirely in 2020 because of pandemic restrictions.

The following year, the Festival of Lights was scaled back significantly.

The event is organized by the Summerland Chamber of Commerce. Organizers had expected a significant crowd for the event.

“People love the festival. I’m anticipating they will come out in droves,” said Lisa Sanders, events coordinator at the chamber.

Since 1987, the Festival of Lights has been a Summerland tradition to launch the festive season.

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Bob Carter of the Peachland Sun Gods pitches during the slo-pitch tournament at the Summerland Action Festival. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)

Bob Carter of the Peachland Sun Gods pitches during the slo-pitch tournament at the Summerland Action Festival. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)