A 24-team beach volleyball tournament will be among the events at the 75th-anniversary of the Penticton Peach Festival.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Penticton is hosting its first-ever tournament at the Skaha Beach volleyball courts from Aug. 5 to 6, marking the start of the organization’s new flagship event at the famed summertime festival.
“It’s been a few years since JCI Penticton had a signature event in the summer and getting a chance to run this tournament is exciting for our organization,” Chris Wallace, committee chair of the organization.
Along with getting the competitive juices flowing for volleyball players across the Okanagan, the two-day event will serve as a fundraiser for JCI Penticton’s legacy projects. Among those efforts include directing funds for the organization’s centre on Skaha Lake.
The tournament will feature 24 teams, with an online silent auction and beverage garden scheduled to be part of the festivities.
“Competitive” and “fun” divisions will make up the action on the sand. The cash prize pool for the former will be up to $600.
“It’s a great addition to Peach Fest,” said Don Kendall, the president of Penticton Peach Festival. It’s obviously a younger demographic than some of our events and we’re excited about having another event at Skaha Beach.”
JCI Penticton announced the addition to the festival on Thursday afternoon at Match Eatery, where leaders from the organization said several teams have already come forward with interest in joining the tournament.
The non-profit organization has served the community for over 80 years, known for its involvement in annual food drives, the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Rotary Starfish Pack.