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Penticton mayor John Vassilaki at the Peach Fest’s 2022 Grand Parade on Penticton’s Main Street. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Grand Parade returns to celebrate Peach Fest’s 75th birthday in Penticton

Peach Fest wraps up on Sunday night with British piano man Ben Waters

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki at the Peach Fest’s 2022 Grand Parade on Penticton’s Main Street. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Bob McAtamney has been recognized by the RDOS as the volunteer of the month for July. (Photo- RDOS)

‘Spirited volunteer’ from Similkameen recognized for 15 years of community work

Bob McAtamney was instrumental in the creation of the disc golf course in Keremeos

Bob McAtamney has been recognized by the RDOS as the volunteer of the month for July. (Photo- RDOS)
BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)

No structure damage overnight as crews continue to battle Keremeos Creek wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says crews were challenged overnight in fighting the blaze north of Olalla

BC Wildfire Service firefighters set hand ignitions along the edge of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire to control burn-off fuel. (BCWS)
In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)

‘Help is available’: Emergency assistance for pets amid Keremeos Creek Wildfire

BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires in 2021

In 2021, the BC SPCA cared for hundreds of animals impacted by wildfires, floods and other natural disasters around the province. (Photo- BC SPCA)
Mega Motocross riders at the 75th Penticton Peach Festival on Friday afternoon, Aug. 5. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Jaws drop in Penticton as Mega Motocross takes over Peach Fest

Some of Canada’s top riders performed their best tricks on Lakeshore Drive

Mega Motocross riders at the 75th Penticton Peach Festival on Friday afternoon, Aug. 5. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
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Here’s what’s happening this weekend in Penticton: Peach Fest edition

Grand Parade, beloved tribute bands and return of fan-favourite performer among the headliners

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Community Ministries Director at the Salvation Army in Penticton, Alan Madsen, says the food bank will be accepting donations at the Peach Festival’s Grande Parade on Aug. 6. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

High demand, low supply: Penticton’s Salvation Army accepts donations at Peach Fest

Demand at the food bank is up 35 to 40 per cent, according to Alan Madsen

Community Ministries Director at the Salvation Army in Penticton, Alan Madsen, says the food bank will be accepting donations at the Peach Festival’s Grande Parade on Aug. 6. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Florence Dyck’s new release, An Okanagan Alphabet, is available in stores and online on Aug. 5. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing House)

An Okanagan Alphabet: author celebrates the valley with new book

Parts of Florence Dyck’s new release was presented to students in Penticton for decades

Florence Dyck’s new release, An Okanagan Alphabet, is available in stores and online on Aug. 5. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing House)
GottaGoat Farm on Penticton’s Green Mountain Road has evacuated its animals, amid wildfire concerns. (Photo- GottaGoat Facebook)

Apex area farm calls for help in evacuating animals amid Keremeos Creek wildfire

Gotta Goat Farm on Green Mountain Road is currently evacuating all of its animals

GottaGoat Farm on Penticton’s Green Mountain Road has evacuated its animals, amid wildfire concerns. (Photo- GottaGoat Facebook)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire is an estimated 4,250 hectares in size, not taking into account overnight growth. (Heather Haughian- Western News)

UPDATE: Olalla under evacuation, Keremeos on alert due to Keremeos Creek wildfire

Fast-moving winds has over 170 properties under evacuation order as of 5 p.m.

The Keremeos Creek wildfire is an estimated 4,250 hectares in size, not taking into account overnight growth. (Heather Haughian- Western News)
The Canadian Forces SkyHawks parachute team touched down at Okanagan Lake Park for the 75th anniversary of the Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 4. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: SkyHawks take a dive for Penticton Peach Fest’s 75th birthday

Parchuters jumped 6,000 feet for the Peach City crowd landing at Okanagan Lake Park

The Canadian Forces SkyHawks parachute team touched down at Okanagan Lake Park for the 75th anniversary of the Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 4. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)

Okanagan to experience common, yet ‘dangerous’ summertime weather pattern

Chance of thunderstorms in the forecast across the region starting Thursday

Heavy downpours and thunderstorms are expected for the Okanagan Valley on June 27. (Pixabay image)
The SkyHawks parachute team spent Wednesday morning at the Penticton Regional Airport for a community meet-and-greet and demonstration ahead of their show at Peach Fest 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: SkyHawks swoop in for Penticton meet-and-greet ahead of Peach Fest

The team spent the morning with the community and executed a 12,500 feet skydive

The SkyHawks parachute team spent Wednesday morning at the Penticton Regional Airport for a community meet-and-greet and demonstration ahead of their show at Peach Fest 2022. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Vanderhoof’s Jeff Fehr, pictured above, became the first Canadian to do a backflip on a motorbike and held the world backflip record with a jump of 108 feet. (Penticton Peach Festival photo)

Peach Fest is back: Here’s what’s happening on opening day in 2022

Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Honeymoon Suite headline the festivities on Wednesday

Vanderhoof’s Jeff Fehr, pictured above, became the first Canadian to do a backflip on a motorbike and held the world backflip record with a jump of 108 feet. (Penticton Peach Festival photo)
Penticton Peach Fest Royalty will be a big part of the Grand Parade on Saturday, Aug. 6. (File photo)

Road closures for the return of Penticton Peach Festival’s Grand Parade

Parade starts at Main and Eckhartd at 10 a.m. on Saturday and ends at the Rose Garden

Penticton Peach Fest Royalty will be a big part of the Grand Parade on Saturday, Aug. 6. (File photo)
(Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Some Penticton gas stations out of regular fuel

Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm have also experienced shortages this summer

(Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
(File photo)

Okanagan Film Commission in ‘desperate’ need of qualified staff

The film centre is hosting a 3-day workshop in Kelowna to launch new careers from Sept. 23 to 25

(File photo)
Penticton fire crews responded to an attic fire on Norton Street on Friday night, July 29. (Photo- Mike Biden, Twitter)

Penticton fire crews respond to attic fire

The cause of the Friday night fire is under investigation

Penticton fire crews responded to an attic fire on Norton Street on Friday night, July 29. (Photo- Mike Biden, Twitter)
The Keremeos Creek wildfire near the community of Apex has grown to be an estimated 150 hectares. Green Mountain Road is closed, but Highway 3A is open. (Photo- Keremeos Communities News Facebook)

Smokey skies bulletin issued for South Okanagan amid Keremeos Creek wildfire

Environment Canada posted an air quality statement on Saturday afternoon

The Keremeos Creek wildfire near the community of Apex has grown to be an estimated 150 hectares. Green Mountain Road is closed, but Highway 3A is open. (Photo- Keremeos Communities News Facebook)
The Okanagan Dream Rally returned on July 30 in support of building JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

VIDEO: Hundreds of cars arrive in Penticton for 2022 Okanagan Dream Rally

Rally cars left Kelowna at 10 a.m. and arrived in Penticton shortly after 11 a.m.

The Okanagan Dream Rally returned on July 30 in support of building JoeAnna’s House in Kelowna. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)