Elvis coming to the 13th Annual Garlic Festival

Listen to the music while you wander and shop for the "stinkin' rose" at the 13th Annual South Cariboo Garlic Festival

Come enjoy the talents of the many entertainers that will be taking to the stage during the 13th Annual South Cariboo Garlic Festival. It is being held at the Felker Homestead Site just north of Lac la Hache

Come enjoy the talents of the many entertainers that will be taking to the stage during the 13th Annual South Cariboo Garlic Festival. It is being held at the Felker Homestead Site just north of Lac la Hache

Listen to the music while you wander and shop for the “stinkin’ rose” at the 13th Annual South Cariboo Garlic Festival, Aug. 25-26.

The Felker Homestead located, just north of Lac la Hache on Highway 97, is where folks will find a variety of goods and treasures from the 70 different vendors.

Entertainment organizer Doug Steven says the festival has a fabulous lineup. It was easy to fill the roster this year because it’s a popular event.

Performances can be enjoyed from the seating by the stage or at the picnic tables in the shade provided by the new roof.

Local songstress Candace Copley will open the show Aug. 25, starting at 10 a.m.

Then British Columbia Country Music Association star Jess Lee and his band begin at 11 a.m.

Starting at noon the Mad Hatter will entertain the youngsters with his funny antics.

From 1 to 4 p.m., Williams Lakes’ Perfect Match, Mosquito Creek from Quesnel, and Third Degree from Williams Lake, will all take stage for their one-hour sets.

The Soupbone Blues Band from Williams Lake concludes the entertainment Saturday at 4 p.m.

Entertainment will start again Sunday at 10 a.m., with the South Cariboo Rhythmic Gymnastics displaying their twirling, jumping and spinning talents.

The Cheeky Lil’ Monkeys will perform a number of Polynesian dance routines at 10:30 a.m.

The country, bluegrass and classic rock band Hwy 97 from Williams Lake, will entertain at 11 a.m.

James Gang from 100 Mile House will take to the stage at 1 p.m., followed by the Tanis Family Mountain Music Show from the Nemiah Valley.

A crowd-pleasing Elvis Elite tribute performance by Steve Elliott will conclude the weekend’s entertainment.

There will be other forms of entertain, including the Master Garlic Chef cook-off that gets underway at noon.

This year’s contestants include Shannon Johnston from Quesnel who will be making Rosie’s Garlic Perogies; 100 Mile’s Gina Myhill-Jones will prepare her Garlic Beef Explosion Rolls; and Steven McCrea from Vernon will create his Pork Rolls & Dip.

The South Cariboo Aquatic Society will have the Dunk Tank at the festival this year. People can dunk a local personality while helping the society.

Event organizer Jeanette McCrea says she is looking forward to a very successful weekend. She adds there will be no garlic-eating contest this year.

McCrea notes no pets will be allowed.