Skateboarders will put their skills to the test at a new event held during the Penticton Peach Festival.
The Peachpit Pentown Throwdown is scheduled for Aug. 9 to 11 at Penticton Youth Park on West Riverside Drive.
The event is expected to attract some of the top skateboarders and BMX riders in Western Canada.
“We wanted to hold an event targeted at our youth,” said Peach Festival Director Scott Mayhew. “And we are really excited about how the Pentown Throwdown has come together.”
The event, organized by the festival, the city’s recreation department, Pentagon Board Shop and Freedom Bike Shop, will feature a meet and greet and registration today, Aug. 9.
On Saturday, Aug. 10, there will be an amateur skateboard competition from 1 to 3 p.m., an amateur BMX event from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the pro riders will be on at 5:30 to 6 p.m., with their competition expected to last until 8 p.m.
The champions in all categories will be honoured on the festival’s main stage in Okanagan Lake Park at 9 p.m.
On Aug. 11, about 75 of the top BMX riders in Western Canada will compete in a pro event from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“This is the first time that this type of BMX event will be held outside of the Lower Mainland,” said Mayhew. “It will be a lot of fun for both the competitors and spectators.”
Entrants include skateboarders Tyson Ellingsen, Ryan Verrier and Skyler Kehr and BMX rider Andrew Lazeruk.
DJ Global will provide music throughout the throwdown. Helmets are mandatory for all participants.
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