About 100 participants are expected for the Peachpit Pentown Throwdown, a skateboard and BMX event being presented at the Youth Park in Penticton as part of the city's 66th annual Peach Festival.
Scott Mayhew, a Peachfest director, said he's excited to be associated with an activity specifically for the younger crowd.
"I think it's important when you're bringing the whole family up here for the summer to have something for every age group," said Mayhew. "We're just trying to diversify and make sure that everyone that's coming to visit Penticton can enjoy the festival."
The event is expected to attract some of the best skateboarders and BMX riders in the province.
"We've got a variety of tricks and street features, ramps and stairs," said Mayhew. "It's a world-class skateboard facility."
Today's action includes an amateur skateboard competition from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by BMXers from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The pro skaters will hit the rails and concrete from 6 to 8 p.m.
Helmets are mandatory for all competitors.
The top three in each group will be announced at 9 p.m. on the main stage in Okanagan Lake Park.
There are food vendors, spectator seating and washrooms on site. DJ Global will provide music for the event.
On Sunday, members of Canadian Concrete BMX, a high-calibre riding group, will perform from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Some of the local pro skateboarders expected to participate include Tyson Ellingson, Ryan Verrier and Riley Milligan.
Ellingson, 18, started skateboarding at four years of age and has been riding at the Youth Park since it opened in 2006.
He said it's nice to have something aimed directly at youth during Peachfest. He thinks it will attract more young people and give them a chance to see first-hand what the city has to offer the skateboard community.
"We've had a couple of events before here. This is going to be the first with bikes and skates," he said. "That will be kind of something cool to get everyone involved now."
Although skateboarders have been labelled as miscreants, Ellingson said his experience with the sport is the polar opposite.
"Almost growing up at the skate park, it kept me out of trouble," he said. "You have the older kids there and you just kind of follow in their footsteps. Everyone always looks out for each other."
The event is organized by the Peach Festival and City of Penticton recreation department in conjunction with the Pentagon Board Shop and Freedom Bike Shop.
Don Kendall, Peachfest president, said the society has been wanting to organize a youth-oriented event for the past few years.
Kendall said while Peachfest is an event with activities for children, seniors, adults and families, it was missing a youth component.
"It took us a while to execute what the right event was," said Kendall. "We're happy to be able to do something for the youth."
The society plans to make the Pentown Throwdown an annual Peachfest event.
Other events today include the Peter's Bros. Grand Parade at 10 a.m. To accommodate the parade route, the Penticton Farmers' Market is being moved to the 200 and 300 blocks of Martin Street.