Dustin and Diana Stirling celebrate the successful placement of North America's largest santa hat on the beach by the beach Thursday afternoon.

Video: Penticton’s iconic Peach unofficially claims North American title

Diana Stirling and friends unofficially claim title of North America’s largest Santa cap.



If the hat doesn’t fit….fix it.

That’s exactly what Diana Stirling and friends did Thursday in the case of North America’s largest Santa cap which now adorns Penticton’s iconic (and very festive) waterfront Peach on the Beach.

Read more: Diana Stirling wins business leader of the year

The impromptu alternations added roughly another eight feet of material to the large hat making it 64.5 feet wide, complete with a 12.5-foot pom pom.

All this to the delight of passersby who stopped to admire the unique feature after the crowning was completed just after noon.

“I just love, love seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they see it,” said Stirling as she stood nearby with husband Dustin. “It took a little longer than we thought it would. When we started we had this plan A and plan A didn’t work, plan B didn’t work, plan C hasn’t worked so we got to plan D and it worked and we’re so happy.”

Work began just after 7 a.m. and 40 minutes later the large forklift generously donated by Greyback Construction, which had been working just down the street, began the process of lowering the hat on the peach.

The hat is constructed mainly of vinyl and was handmade by Dustin and Gerry Denis, owner of Sun-oka Boat Tops in Summerland.

The entire process took several months in the planning and creation, but is not the first time the Stirlings have dressed up the giant peach since buying it earlier this year.

“We tested it with making the peach a big jack-o-lantern on halloween and the community loved it so we thought we would surprise Penticton,” said Diana. “While it’s only open for business for 90 days, we want people to have fun with it all year round. Why not make it a jack-o-lantern or throw a massive santa hat on top of it.

“We’re the owners of LocoLanding (Adventure Park) and we’re in the business of having fun.”

 

Just Posted

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Fundraiser planned to help family of three-year-old with Leukemia

A fundraiser is being held to help a young family with roots in Keremeos

Okanagan air quality at a high health risk

The north, central and south Okanagan are all listed at a nine on AQHI

Parks Canada has ‘general concept’ in mind for South Okanagan-Similkameen

Minister Catherine McKenna will be providing a further update to representatives in Penticton Friday, August 17

Controlled burn slows down Snowy wildfire growth

BC Wildfire Service said back burn helped slow wildfire growth near Keremeos

No growth on the Monashee Complex wildfires

Mabel Creek, Sugar Mountain and Harris Creek fires continue to burn near Lumby and Cherryville

Penticton nightclub announces closure

The Mule nightclub in Penticton is closing its doors after 20 years

‘Can’t erase history’ by tearing down statues, Minister says

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna spoke on the contentious removal of John A. Macdonald

Kamloops RCMP warn ‘don’t buy jewelry on the street’

Kamloops RCMP are warning jewelry buyers to be aware of a scam.

Man seriously injured in Lower Mainland home explosion

Police are trying to figure out what led to a homemade explosive detonating in a Coquitlam home

Canadian soccer captain Christine Sinclair continues to lead fight against MS

Burgers to Beat MS has raised more than $11 million since its inception in 2009

VIDEO: Post-surgery monologue comedy gold

If you’ve ever had surgery with anaesthetic you know the coming out of it process can be a treat.

LETTERS: Doctors speak out on surgical wait times for B.C. patients

‘Governments know they will lose private clinic lawsuit’

Most Read