Osoyoos’ Cherry Day celebration on July 1 attracts thousands of visitors to the community event, including the big parade down Main Street. (Submitted)

Osoyoos holds celebration on Canada Day

Canada Day/Cherry Fiesta expected to bring thousands of people

The Town of Osoyoos has big celebrations planned for July 1.

This year marks the 71st annual Cherry Fiesta and organizers said the event will be the biggest to date.

The Cherry Fiesta was formed as the Cherry Carnival in 1948 to mark the start of the cherry harvest, which normally begins on Canada Day.

READ ALSO: Ride Okanagan rails for Canada Day

READ ALSO: Rolling Stones put Canada Day weekend show back on tour schedule

Today, the combined Canada Day/Cherry Fiesta attracts thousands of people for a day-long celebration.

The festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast, followed by the Cherry Fiesta Parade on Main Street at 11 a.m.

The parade includes floats, dancers, a water fight hosted by the Osoyoos fire department and more.

Throughout the day, the fiesta features live entertainment, children’s activities, craft vendors, food trucks, a beverage garden, a pie-eating contest and a “pit spit” contest.

In the evening, around 10 p.m., the skies above Gyro Beach will be lit up with a fireworks display, choreographed to music.

Organizers say this is the largest Canada Day fireworks display in Western Canada. The fireworks are funded by individual and business donations.

A full list of events is available online at www.destinationosoyoos.com/event/canada-day-71st-annual-cherry-fiesta.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Canadian summer rite of passage: The Okanagan Lake Bridge

“The whole experience took less than a couple of minutes.”

Two appointed to Summerland’s Board of Variance

Appointments are for three-year terms

Controversial anti-abortion film to be screened in Penticton

Unplanned will be shown at the Penticton Landmark theatre

Monster Truck action returns to the Okanagan for a second night

From 6 until 7 p.m. you can meet the drivers and get a close up look at the trucks

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

Across the Lake Swim sees biggest turn-out in 71 years at Okanagan Lake

There were 1325 racers registered for this year’s iconic swim

Memorial bench painted by Vancouver woman to stay in park for now

Park board to look at options for artistic enhancements on commemorative benches

Canadian summer rite of passage: The Okanagan Lake Bridge

“The whole experience took less than a couple of minutes.”

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Weather Network’s anti-meat video ‘doesn’t reflect true story’: cattle ranchers

At issue is the video’s suggestion that cutting back on meat consumption could help save the planet

Hergott: Concerns with e-scooters

Lawyer Paul Hergott takes a look at the issues around e-scooters

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Fines approved for Salmon Arm panhandling bylaw

Mayor and council state fines to be issued as last resort

Most Read