PenTown Throwdown offers skateboard, BMX excitement

Peachfest is continuing to expand its fun for the whole family during the five-day festival this year.

The 4th annual PenTown Throwdown will be one of the highlights of the 2016 Penticton Peach Festival.

“Some of the top skateboarders and BMX riders in the province will be on hand for the PenTown Throwdown,” said Peach Festival Director Joe Chwachka.

“This will be a great spectator event. You won’t believe the tricks that some of these boarders and riders can perform.”

Continuing the tradition of Peachfest being a free event, all spectators can attend the events at the Riverside Drive Youth Park at no charge. Event tickets are required for contestants who are competing for cash prizes on Saturday, Aug. 6.

“We have everything from Kiddies Day to Seniors Day at Peachfest. The PenTown Throwdown will be something for everyone, especially the youth, to get excited about either as a spectator or participant,” said Chwachka.

To kick off the Throwdown, Freeride Boardshop will host a professional skateboard demonstration from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Riverside Drive Youth Park on Friday, Aug. 5.

Then on Aug. 6 skateboarders and BMX riders of all ages will compete for a total cash purse of over $2,000 in various street and bowl events. Events will run from 1 to 8 p.m. for all age groups.

To register as a participant and to find more information on the event visit the eventbrite webpage and click the ‘Get Tickets’ button or visit www.peachfest.com and click on the PenTown Throwdown link.

Competition entry tickets are on sale now and cost $21.80. If you are planning to compete, Chwachka recommends getting your name entered early as there is a limited number of spaces.

The competitions are sponsored by Pentagon Boardshop and Freedom Bike Shop.

On Sunday, Aug. 7, the B.C. Action Sports Association will host a professional BMX competition from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A new addition to the event this year is award winning hip hop artist KASP, who will emcee the event and provide entertainment.

For more information, visit www.peachfest.com.

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