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Endless amount of fun to be had this Canada Day
When you live in the greatest country in the world, celebrating your nation’s birthday is always a very special occasion.
Here in the Town of Osoyoos, this should be one of the more memorable Canada Day celebrations.
Not only do we live in one of the most beautiful towns in the entire country, but we’re blessed with amazing scenery, gorgeous weather and some of the nicest and kindest people you will meet anywhere in our great country.
For the 66th consecutive year, the Osoyoos Festival Society has also organized the annual Cherry Fiesta in conjunction with Canada Day celebrations.
The Osoyoos Royalty will be selecting a new Queen and Princesses during the annual pageant set for Monday evening at the Sonora Community Centre.
To top everything off, the inaugural Desert Live Music Festival is set to kick off on Friday and wrap up Tuesday evening in Gyro Park.
The music festival has attracted close to 20 musicians and bands, including headliners and recording artists Yukon Blonde, Red Eye Empire, Shawn Hook and No Sinner, an acclaimed Vancouver-based blues and rock band that will take the stage to wrap up the festival on Tuesday evening.
As has become custom, Canada Day celebrations in Osoyoos are geared towards family fun.
There will be plenty of enjoyable things to do for all members of the family, starting with the kickoff pancake breakfast between 7 and 11 a.m..
There will also be the annual Cherry Fiesta parade, which kicks off around 11 a.m.
About 10 minutes prior to the parade down Main Street, around 10:50 a.m., the traditional water fight takes place on the block between Home Hardware and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Children and adults armed with various water weapons take on the high-powered hoses of the Osoyoos and Anarchist Mountain firefighters.
Roads along the parade route will be closed and a parking ban is in effect on Main Street from 6 a.m. onwards.
The annual cherry pit spit contest runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by the cherry-pie-eating contest from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
As has become tradition and one of the biggest events of the year, the fiesta finishes with a bang with fireworks over the lake at Gyro Beach.
Crowds in excess of 20,000 people have jammed around Osoyoos Lake to watch the second-largest Canada Day fireworks display in the country.
All in all, it’s a great time to be a Canadian and Osoyoosite, so get out, be safe and enjoy all of the fun.