Osoyoos rider among Peach festival motocross daredevils

Osoyoos native Jay Soltes

An Osoyoos native will be among the riders at a highflying, freestyling Mega Motocross at the Penticton Peach Festival in early August.

Professional rider Jay Soltes, originally from Osoyoos and now residing in Lavington, is an FMX athlete who started riding dirt bikes 22 years ago. He brings along his good friend Chris Nolan, and together the pair push each other to do things out of their comfort zone.

Joining them is Kris Garwasiuk, who has been riding professionally for 19 years and was the first Canadian to turn pro in FMX. He is featured in two video games, took seventh place at the X-Games, fourth in doubles at the Gravity Games and is a former Canadian national champion.

The trio will perform trick jumps off ramps using more than 300 feet of performance space in the 100 block of Main Street.

“This is a first for Peachfest to have this kind of action in our downtown. We are so excited to host these professionals on our downtown streets,” said Kerri Milton, executive director of the Downtown Penticton Association.

The riders will perform two free shows on Thursday, August 4 — at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — and be available for autographs at a meet and greet after the second show.

Bring a chair or blanket and get comfortable as you watch the riders do their fantastic crowd-pleasing stunts.