Lucas Wentworth, 11, readies his axe for a throw during the first Kelowna TeenFest, Saturday, at the Kelowna Curling Club. - Imagre Credit: Carli Berry/Capital News

TeenFest happening today

Kelowna’s first TeenFest will be held April 1.

Kelowna’s new axe-throwing company, Axe Monkeys will allow teenagers to get out their angst.

A mobile axe-throwing unit will allow teens who attend Kelowna’s first TeenFest to safely throw axes, said manger of Axe Monkey, Andrew Donn.

Donn said the mobile until looks a little “crazy” with people standing outside of the unit and will throw axes at targets inside.

Donn said he was contacted by TeenFest’s founder, Ali Berman and it went from there.

“We’re a new company, it’s good exposure and it’s a kid-friendly place,” he said.

Berman would love to see 2,000 to 3,000 people come to Kelowna’s TeenFest.

She created TeenFest four years ago in Victoria, after seeing her teenagers learn from YouTube. She wanted to create a collaborative effect that allowed for teens to learn from mentors and get experience in the community.

“It’s amazing to see,” she said.

The Kelowna TeenFest will feature around 40 Kelowna vendors at the Kelowna Curling Club, today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as a talent contest judged by actor Madison Smith.

The contest is open for those ages 12 to 18.

Berman said she met Smith in Vancouver, and he wished he had an opportunity like TeenFest when he was a teenager.

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