Events

Jordan Abbate (left) was the winner of the largest pumpkin grown for the annual contest during the 21st Harvest Pumpkin Festival in Armstrong Oct. 10-12. Abbate’s winning gourd weighed in at 948 pounds. (Contributed)

Armstrong’s pumpkin festival a smash

Chamber of commerce pleased with how community came together to celebrate return of popular fall festival

 

Scarecrows on the Street will again be part of the 21st annual Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Harvest Pumpkin Festival, which will run Oct. 8-12 at the IPE Grounds. (AS Chamber photo)

Harvest Pumpkin Festival returns to Armstrong

21st annual event hosted by Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce goes Oct. 8-12

 

All special events must follow current COVID-10 restrictions and health protocols. (blue2finger/Pixabay)

Application for special event liquor permits gets easier amid COVID-19 reopening

Effective Sept.21, all special event permit applicants must use new online portal

 

(Half Corked Marathon - Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country)

Interior Health puts a cork in Half Corked Marathon in Oliver

The run through the vines of Oliver and Osoyoos was scheduled for this weekend

(Half Corked Marathon - Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country)
Natasha Koifman, the founder of the public relations firm NKPR, poses for a photograph in the backyard of her home in Toronto, on Thursday, August 19, 2021. When Sept. 11 comes, Koifman’s backyard will be awash with chatter and music as up to 100 guests gather for an elegant dinner meant to raise funds for Haitians to access education. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Return of events pushes hosts to address vaccination, COVID tests and masks

Different events are deciding on different pandemic measures

Natasha Koifman, the founder of the public relations firm NKPR, poses for a photograph in the backyard of her home in Toronto, on Thursday, August 19, 2021. When Sept. 11 comes, Koifman’s backyard will be awash with chatter and music as up to 100 guests gather for an elegant dinner meant to raise funds for Haitians to access education. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
Is the O’Keefe Ranch milkmaid a victim? Or is she the killer? Help solve the crime as the historic ranch hosts its popular Murder Mystery: Murder Comes to Noggin Valley on Sept. 23 and 24. (Yana Crane Photography)

Life at Spallumcheen ranch can be ‘murder’

Historic O’Keefe Ranch brings back popular murder mystery Sept. 23 and 24, and the public can help solve the dastardly crime

Is the O’Keefe Ranch milkmaid a victim? Or is she the killer? Help solve the crime as the historic ranch hosts its popular Murder Mystery: Murder Comes to Noggin Valley on Sept. 23 and 24. (Yana Crane Photography)
A bouncy castle will be part of the festivities at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre parking lot Sunday, Aug. 22, as Greater Vernon Recreation Services hosts a Community Reboot and Block Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)

Community block party to lift Vernon moods

Recreation Services hosting reboot and block party Sunday at Performing Arts Centre parking lot

A bouncy castle will be part of the festivities at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre parking lot Sunday, Aug. 22, as Greater Vernon Recreation Services hosts a Community Reboot and Block Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Morning Star - file photo)
A finger points to an unlabeled location on a map. (NegativeSpace/Pexels)

The Great Kelowna Scavenger Hunt returns for second year

Scavengers are set to roam downtown Kelowna in search of prizes

A finger points to an unlabeled location on a map. (NegativeSpace/Pexels)
Fair-goers take a ride at the 120th annual Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2019. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)

Armstrong’s IPE not eligible for COVID-19 grant designed for major attractions

Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo criticized the rigidity of the provincial program’s criteria

Fair-goers take a ride at the 120th annual Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2019. (Katherine Peters - Morning Star)
Cadets take part in a colour party during the Okanagan Military Tattoo, an all-around variety show with performances scheduled for July 27 and 28. Tickets are on sale now.

Okanagan Military Tattoo cancelled for second straight year

Ongoing concerns around COVID-19 and large gatherings have organizers looking ahead to 2022

Cadets take part in a colour party during the Okanagan Military Tattoo, an all-around variety show with performances scheduled for July 27 and 28. Tickets are on sale now.
FILE – The Phillips Backyard Weekender music festival drew large crowds to downtown Victoria in July 2017. (Facebook )
FILE – The Phillips Backyard Weekender music festival drew large crowds to downtown Victoria in July 2017. (Facebook )
Canadian driver Paul Tracy pulls out of the pits during the morning session at the Molson Indy in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, July 26, 2003 (CP/Richard Lam)

Vancouver is considering hosting a Formula E race using electric cars

The race would be part of a three-day event focused on climate and sustainability

Canadian driver Paul Tracy pulls out of the pits during the morning session at the Molson Indy in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, July 26, 2003 (CP/Richard Lam)
Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme. The Carnival is holding its 2021 annual general meeting via Zoom April 27. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival looks at success overcoming COVID-19

Meeting to be held via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27; new society members sought

Vernon Winter Carnival directors announce Carnival of the Wild West as the 2021 theme. The Carnival is holding its 2021 annual general meeting via Zoom April 27. (Morning Star - file photo)
The window of a wedding dress store with mannequins wearing face masks on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The store is closed because of COVID-19 lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Darko Bandic

Delay the date: How the COVID-19 pandemic may alter weddings for years to come

Some couples might shift towards smaller soirees even after the pandemic lifts, says planner

The window of a wedding dress store with mannequins wearing face masks on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The store is closed because of COVID-19 lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Darko Bandic
Donna Bilyk, of One Minute Fun Sketch, draws Magi Buchanan at Creative Chaos. (Morning Star file photo)

Spring normalcy not likely, with more events curbed by COVID in Vernon

First Lumby Days, now Shoparama and Creative Chaos are pulling the plug

Donna Bilyk, of One Minute Fun Sketch, draws Magi Buchanan at Creative Chaos. (Morning Star file photo)
The Vernon Winter Carnival’s Drive-Thru Ice Park helps wrap up the 61st annual Vernon Winter Carnival Sunday, Feb. 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Last day of Vernon Winter Carnival

61st annual Carnival spirit has been present despite lack of live events due to COVID

The Vernon Winter Carnival’s Drive-Thru Ice Park helps wrap up the 61st annual Vernon Winter Carnival Sunday, Feb. 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Drive-Thru Ice Park has been a hit among many residents, despite some complaining about having to pay to take in the ice sculptures. (Wayne Emde Photography)

Vernon Carnival cowboys up in face of COVID

City councillors applaud event, which continues until Feb. 14

The Drive-Thru Ice Park has been a hit among many residents, despite some complaining about having to pay to take in the ice sculptures. (Wayne Emde Photography)
The Penticton Speedway will reopen July 4, 2020 after missing months of the season due to COVID-19. (Penticton Speedway photo)

Penticton Speedway prepares for first race of the year

Limited capacity and social distancing protocols in place after track closed for months

The Penticton Speedway will reopen July 4, 2020 after missing months of the season due to COVID-19. (Penticton Speedway photo)
Splatsin Indian Band Chief Wayne Christian and the band’s Elders are sharing their knowledge of local landmarks that are significant to the community as part of National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations Sunday, June 22, near Enderby. (Photo contributed)

Splatsin Elders mark National Indigenous Peoples Day with knowledge

Band’s Elders near Enderby tell stories of local landmarks; band hosting scavenger hunt

Splatsin Indian Band Chief Wayne Christian and the band’s Elders are sharing their knowledge of local landmarks that are significant to the community as part of National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations Sunday, June 22, near Enderby. (Photo contributed)
Ashley Martin (front) and Robbie Kelm leave the starting gate at Saturday’s Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race at Powell Beach Park. In five years the event has rasied over $120,000 for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. (Mark Brett - Black Press)

Summerland Ogopogo Bathtub Race cancelled

COVID-19 restrictions lead to decision to pull plug on summer fundraiser

Ashley Martin (front) and Robbie Kelm leave the starting gate at Saturday’s Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race at Powell Beach Park. In five years the event has rasied over $120,000 for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. (Mark Brett - Black Press)