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Okanogan Days is this Saturday

The annual Okanogan Days celebration will be Saturday, with the theme “Small Town, Strong Community.”

Activities begin with the Okanogan Kiwanis Club pancake feed at 7 a.m. on Queen Street, between South Second and South First avenues.

Proceeds go toward the club’s community service projects, scholarships and support of youth activities.

The Hoops for Hope 3-on-3 basketball tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Rose Street between South Second and South Third avenues. The event will raise money for the Support Center, which serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes county-wide.

“We’re pretty excited for it to be on Rose Street,” organizer Naomie Boesel said.

No day-of-event entries will be taken. As of Monday, 15 teams had registered to play.

The event also includes music and drawings for items donated by local businesses.

“We’re excited about Hoops for Hope as a new element to downtown happenings,” Chamber of Commerce Secretary Leone Reinbold said. “We’re happy to support the Support Center.”

Vendors will set up along Second Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nearly 30 had signed up by Monday.

“We have some new vendors, crafts and new food vendors,” President Bess Derting said.

Also running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Okanogan Friends of the Library’s annual used book sale at the library, 228 W. Pine St.

Mayor Jon Culp will give volunteer awards at 10 a.m. at the corner of South Second Avenue and Queen Street, and the chamber will announce the business and citizen of the year.

The children’s and grand parades are at 11 a.m. on Second Avenue.

Other downtown attractions include the Okanogan Valley Farmers Market, live music, free swimming from 10 a.m. to noon at the city pool, children’s activities and free ice cream cones for Okanogan students with tickets.

The Okanogan chapter of Order of Eastern Star will serve a salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Okanogan Masonic Temple, 234 Tyee St.

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