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Dragon boat festival joins weekend events

August 4, 2016 4:47 P.M.

Out-of-towners are starting to roll into Kamloops for the 21st annual Hot Nite in the City and all that goes with it — the poker run, show ’n’ shine, Ribfest and — new this year — the Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival.

The poker run that customarily kicks off the weekend takes place Friday, Aug. 5, while the main event — 13 blocks of vintage, custom, collector, competition and working vehicles — takes over the downtown Saturday. Victoria Street and some side streets are closed to traffic. The family oriented event is free. 

Last year's event set a participation record with 425 vehicles on show, 120 poker run participants and an estimated 40,000 spectators for the show ’n' shine.

Ribfest, a Rotary Club fundraiser held in conjunction with Hot Nite, will be cooking up a storm in Riverside Park all weekend, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. starting Friday. Teams of touring barbecue “ribbers” compete to cook the tastiest, most tender ribs and prepare the best sauce. Voting for a people’s choice award will take place throughout Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Kamloops Dragon Boat Festival will be taking place alongside of Ribfest this year on Saturday. Teams from across the province are coming  to compete on the South Thompson River off Riverside Park beach. The racing is expected to start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m.

Due to the influx, people are advised to take public transit or bicycle to the event. There will be no public parking in either the Heritage House or Uji Way lots. Public parking is available in the Sandman Centre parking lot.

On Sunday, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., the two themes meet in between at the Ribs and Rods Invitational Car Show. The event begins with a pancake breakfast served by the Kamloops Paddlewheelers Lions Club and Hot Nite volunteers.

And, yes, the weather will be hot, but not by Kamloops standards. The same weather pattern of recent weeks — a mix of sun and cloud with the occasional shower of thunderstorm thrown in —continues through the weekend.

This year, there’s a separate but related event up on the hill. The southern Interior chapter of the Studeabker Drivers Club hosts its Pacific Can-Am zone meet Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6, at TRU. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the last Studebaker to roll off the assembly line, a 1966 Daytona.



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