Summerfest happening Sunday

Summerfest heats up the downtown on Sunday.

The annual extravaganza of family fun happens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Canada Games Plaza.

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"Come together in the heart of our city for fun, festivities, fabulous food and fantastic entertainment for the whole family," said Colleen Van Mook, executive director of Downtown Prince George, the main organizing agency for the event.

Leading the list of attractions is the ever-popular Canadian Western Bank Taste Pavilion, where local restaurants and food providers gather in a tight cluster of mouth-watering specials. Small-sized samples and unique event-only dishes abound.

"Taste tickets are $1 each and food items range from $2 to $5," said Van Mook. "Here's your chance to get the best of Prince George's food scene with 22 restaurants and four food trucks all in one place."

If you buy your food pavilion tickets in advance (get them at Canadian Western Bank or at Tourism Prince George), you are entered to win flights to Victoria or Vancouver courtesy of Pacific Coastal Airlines.

"With so many delectable choices, you must be sure to bring your biggest appetite," said Van Mook.

Another major gathering point at the event is the TD Mainstage where a slate of family-friendly performers will entertain the crowds. This year's lineup includes Good Juju, Steel Wheels Blues Band, Barefoot Fridays, Studio 720 and The Sunset Strip. Also on the marquee is a sneak peak of Judy Russell Presents Disney's Beauty & The Beast.

At Exhibitor Alley, you'll find, said Van Mook, "your chance to stroll and shop to your delight amongst a huge array of exhibitors along Seventh Avenue. With over 50 exhibitor booths, you will discover a myriad of products on display, items for sale and information for your enjoyment. It is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the talents of artists and entrepreneurs all in one place."

There is also the Kidz Zone where hands-on activities will keep the youngest community members busy and smiling: ride the mini-train, meet some critters at the petting zoo, marvel at the The Home Hardware Butterfly House, go on a Big Dig, enjoy the Hockey Circus Show, and enjoy the affable entertainment of Clinton W. Gray.

There really is something for everyone, and it's all downtown this Sunday.

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