Okanogan Centennial Planning Committee is working on a variety of activities to kick off the city's 100-year anniversary during Okanogan Days, June 2.
During the committee's Feb. 28 meeting, it was reported:
- The Okanogan Days parade will start at 11 a.m., with staging. Arrangements have been made to allow participants to rest inside the Okanogan Grange Hall while waiting for the parade to start.
- About 90 descendants of early day pioneers have responded to letters inviting them to the celebration. Another letter will be sent in March to descendants and those on the all-school reunion mailing list.
- The Sunny Okanogan sign is being refurbished. When it was removed from its site on Elmway, an older tourism promotion sign was found underneath.
- Okanogan County Master Gardeners were to work with about 120 young people from a religious retreat to pull weeds and clean up areas around city entry signs.
- Entertainment is being arranged for Okanogan Days. Rusty Bonser will perform the evening of June 2.
- Visitors will register Friday evening, June 1.
- The centennial quilt is finished and raffle tickets are ready for sale.
- About 5,000 centennial promotional brochures will be printed, along with 100 posters.
- Photographer Tim Patrick will take old-time portraits during Okanogan Days. Planned times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- A tractor show is planned during Okanogan Days.
- Greeters, dressed in 1907 costumes, will circulate among the crowd around parade time. A historical play also is planned.
- Plans for an egg toss have been scrapped because of the mess it would cause. A water balloon toss is planned instead.
- Commemorative medallions and hatpins have been ordered.
- A tug-o-war is planned for Alma Park.