7:30 – 11
Rotary Pancake Breakfast
Cherry Fiesta Parade
12:30 – 3:30
on the Beach
Cherry Pit Spitting
On the Gyro
Gypsy & the Rose
Cherry Pie Eating
Judy Rowe & The Diamonds
Fireworks at dusk
(just after 10 p.m.)
It’s looking to be a full day of fun this Sunday as all the hard work the Osoyoos Festival Society has undertaken over the last 12 months comes to fruition.
The 70th annual Cherry Fiesta goes sun up to sun down (and beyond) as the Osoyoos community celebrates Canada Day.
It all begins at 7 a.m. with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Town Square. Your $5 buys more than just pancakes, bacon and all the trimmings. The Rotary Club is involved in some big projects, including providing eye wear for needy children overseas.
The breakfast wraps up just in time for the Cherry Fiesta Parade. The parade will marshal on Nighthawk Drive and head towards Main Street at 11 a.m.
One of the Osoyoos community’s biggest events, the parade draws thousands of onlookers for the lengthy trail of participating businesses, organizations and municipalities.
The parade is always a lot of fun, with treats for the youngsters, a little bit of water and a whole lot of colour and music.
At lunchtime, the fun shifts to Gyro Park, where musical and other entertainment will keep you and your family busy through 10 p.m.
On the Gyro Park stage, musical acts this year include Gypsy & the Rose, August Accord, Cindy Doucette, the Real Ponchos, Judy Rowe & the Diamonds, Rebel Luv, Uncorked and the Timber Wolves.
You can also catch a performance by the young stars of Dance Oasis and find craft and food vendors, children’s activities on the beach and Cherry Pie Eating and Cherry Pit Spitting contests.
Up the street at the Osoyoos Legion Hall, check out the Beer Garden and enjoy some more entertainment. The Legion staff will be selling Beef on a Bun from 11 to 8 p.m.
Steve Hillis will entertain after supper, serving up his one-man Garth Brooks tribute show. A rock and country dance party follows.
You’ll want to be back at Gyro Park before 10 p.m. That’s when the Cherry Fiesta fireworks — the largest Canadian fireworks show outside of Ottawa — cranks up the light and sound with a day-ending explosion.
The oohs and ahhs get started at dusk. Those with FM radios can tune into CIRO 106.5 FM for an accompanying broadcast.
Just a reminder: all lanes of Hwy. 3 (Main Street) through Osoyoos will be closed between Hwy. 97 and Kingfisher Drive from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to accommodate the parade.
For more information, visit the Cherry Fiesta’s website at osoyoosfestivalsociety.ca