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Easter Eggstravaganza to mark its 20th anniversary of providing great family entertainment in Osoyoos
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, say organizers of the Easter Eggstravaganza.
This year marks the 20th year of Easter Eggstravaganza in Osoyoos but most events on April 19 will be similar to previous years.
Highlights, as in past years, will be an Easter Egg hunt for children 11 and under in the lower schoolyard at Osoyoos Elementary School and later a parade down Main Street.
The egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. Children, separated by age group, will make a beeline for candy eggs wrapped in foil and placed on the field. Several larger plastic eggs that are hidden provide special prizes.
The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Entry forms are available in advance at the Osoyoos Times and those who were in the parade last year have been sent forms by mail, said organizer Shirley Baker of the Osoyoos Festival Society.
Prior to the parade, bicycle and tricycle decorations will be judged at Smitty’s parking lot starting at 12:30 p.m.
Main Street will be closed to traffic between Highway 97 and Kingfisher Drive during the parade, Baker said, and will be routed with a detour.
Along with floats representing local businesses and organizations, the parade will include a pipe band from Summerland like last year, Baker said.
Some of the events running all day at the Town Square will be different this year.
With the folding of the Lions Club, this year’s pancake breakfast is instead being run by the Rotary Club of Osoyoos. It gets started at 8 a.m. and breakfast costs $5.
Many family fun events are being held at Town Square from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. including vendors’ tables, a bounce castle and face painting.
This year there will be a clown as well as a roulette wheel allowing children to win toys, Baker said.
Unlike last year, there will be recorded music instead of live music, Baker said. Several musicians the Festival Society had in mind for the event were unavailable, she added.
Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., local firefighters will be selling hot dogs and will then volunteer to shave their heads in front of the fire hall to raise money for cancer research.