7:30 – 11
Rotary Pancake Breakfast
Cherry Fiesta Parade
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
AG Foods — Family BBQ
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Beer Garden/Beef on a Bun
12:30 – 3:30
on the Beach
On the Gyro
Cherry Pie Eating
Cherry Pit Spit
Fireworks at dusk
(just after 10 p.m.)
Don’t believe the rumors — they’re probably designed to get someone else a little more elbow room.
Osoyoos will be celebrating Canada’s 152nd birthday today with its nationally renowned fireworks — an event so large it rivals (and sometimes surpasses) the national fireworks in Ottawa.
“We will have fireworks,” said Annette Starr, who organizes a year-long drive to collect donations for the event. “We made our budget; the show tonight will be amazing.”
We’re expecting upwards of 15,000 for what has become a South Okanagan tradition. But don’t worry, we always find room for everyone.
The 10 p.m. light show — which includes a radio simulcast — wraps up yet another day of sun-up to sun-down fun as all the hard work the Osoyoos Festival Society has undertaken over the last 12 months comes to fruition.
It all begins at 7:30 this morning 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 eyewear 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.
Mosey down to Osoyoos AG Foods and enjoy a family barbecue while the parade wanders past. The donation barbecue will provide proceeds to the Osoyoos Secondary graduating class of 2020.
At lunchtime, the fun shifts to Gyro Park, where musical and other entertainment will keep you and your family busy through 10 p.m.
Musical acts this year include Route 33, Condy Doucette, Timber Wolves, Uncorked, Rebel Luv and Soul Sisters.
You’ll also 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.
Canada Day celebrations wrap up with the community’s world-renowned fireworks. The oohs and ahhs get started at dusk — this time of year around 10 p.m. 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 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to accommodate the parade.
For more information, visit the Cherry Fiesta’s website at osoyoosfestivalsociety.ca