The organizers of the 60th Rutland May Days have great goals for this year's community celebration.
They hope that a record 10,000 people will visit in May, which starts this Friday and ends until Sunday.
"Last year we were almost 10,000, so the goal is quite achievable," said Lesley Golnik, operations manager at the Rutland Park Society.
The popular Saturday morning parade on Rutland Road already has about 40 entries. The list of participants includes entries that had not been made in May, at least for a few years.
"One of the tanks we are looking forward to is the Ogopogo of Kelowna," Golnik said.
The municipal tank, which travels to dozens of communities each year, usually moves away from Kelowna during the busy Victoria Day weekend.
There will be more food trucks on May 1st, and popular recurring events include wrestling, a halfway race, bingo, live entertainment, and a market selling art and craft vendors.
Due to construction in Centennial Park, the city's property, all May Days events will take place inside Centennial Hall or nearby Roxby Square.
May Days participants are invited to donate $ 3. The proceeds of the event is used for the planned expansion of Centennial Hall. In 2017, the May Days product was about $ 45,000.
The World of Wheels at Peachland is another major event in central Okanagan during the long weekend ahead. Depending on the weather, around 550 antique, custom and live vehicles are displayed at the car show. The number of spectators can reach 10,000.
The auto show, which can be attended for free, takes place all along the scenic Beach Avenue in downtown Peachland, between 11 am and 4 pm. on Sunday.
There's also the Knox Mountain Hill Climb on Saturday and Sunday, with dozens of BC and Alberta riders competing for the fastest driver title up the mountain in downtown.
The course is 3.7 km long and involves a vertical drop of 244 meters. Winning times are well under two minutes.