The newest event added to the Penticton Peach Festival lineup is bringing a classic winter sport out to the street and summer heat.
The JCI Penticton Skaha Lake Street Hockey Tournament will be held over two days (Aug. 10 and 11) during Peachfest.
“Everybody thinks about Peachfest as being the big parade on Saturday and five days of entertainment in the park, but there are so many other events that are a part of Peachfest. Every year we have been trying to add new events and this fits in perfect with Peachfest mission to create a family-fun festival,” said Peach Festival president, Don Kendall.
The four-on-four event is now registering teams of youth and adults,
Proceeds of the tournament go to the YES Project, who are fundraising for a youth resource centre in Penticton and have the goal to establish free and fun activities for Penticton youth all year long.
The new addition to the Penticton Peach Festival is the second event at the Skaha end of the city that they host under their umbrella in conjunction with other organizing groups — the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim was added last year. Outside of Okanagan Lake Park, Peachfest has added the PenTown Throwdown at the Penticton Skate Park, the peach bin races and the Sheila Bishop Wood Bat slo-pitch tournament.
The PenTown Throwdown is also a proud supporter of the YES Project, donating proceeds of their event to the group.
“The community support we have received so far is astonishing. Having Peachfest support us last year with the Pentown Throwdown, and this year, and this great fundraiser through JCI, we are so grateful. We have a $3 million fundraising goal and we are well over $1 million. Our next big push is to get Foundry up and running,” said Amberlee Erdmann, Yes Project co-ordinator.
Foundry Penticton, operated through OneSky, will operate the basic needs, access to doctors, a sexual health clinic, a learning kitchen and the ability to walk in and see a councillor on the spot if needed.
Each team at the Skaha Lake Street Hockey Tournament is guaranteed to play three games, with the leaders continuing on to the championship. There will also be a skills competition, door prizes, bouncy castles and food trucks on site. Teams can have a maximum six-person roster (three runners, one goalie and up to two spares).
The street hockey tournament will have two youth divisions and one adult division. Registration is $120 for teams under 18, $150 for adult teams. To register and see the tournament rules visit www.skahastreethockey.com.