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May Festival starts Friday

Oroville event boats ‘Red Carpet Magic’ theme

May Queen Ellamae Burnell, center, is flanked by Princesses Mikayla Scott, left, and Faith Martin, right.

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May Queen Ellamae Burnell, center, is flanked by Princesses Mikayla Scott, left, and Faith Martin, right.

— This weekend’s 81st annual May Festival will feature a weekend-long lineup of events from royalty coronation to a parade, basketball tournament, bass tournament and the traditional May Pole Dance.

Activities run Friday through Saturday in and around town. The festival theme is “Red Carpet Magic.”

Events get under way at 7 p.m. Friday with coronation ceremonies for May Queen Ellamae Burnell and Princesses Mikayla Scott and Faith Martin. Royalty for various school classes also will be honored in the ceremony at Oroville High School, 1008 Ironwood St, followed by a mini parade through town.

At 8 p.m. a Royal Ball will take place at the Pastime, 1307 Main St. Music, for dancing and listening pleasure will be provided by North Half.

Saturday’s activities start at 5 a.m. at Deep Bay Park on Lake Osoyoos with the annual bass tournament. Registration will be followed at 5:40 a.m. with a mandatory drivers meeting.

The tournament starts after the drivers meeting. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for largest fish and first through third places.

An entry fee will be charged.

The 37th annual fun run will start at 8 a.m., with signups starting at 7 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and Appleway Avenue. Runs of two miles and 5K will be offered, with trophies awarded for overall top male and female winners for each distance.

Medals will go to second and third place overall finishers, with ribbons going to first through third place winners in all age divisions.

The American Legion, 314 14th Ave., will offer a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m.

The Oroville Booster Club will offer a 3-on-3 basketball tournament starting at 8 a.m. on the high school tennis courts.

Parade lineup starts at 8 a.m., with judging at 8:30 a.m. at on the south end of Main Street. Entries can pre-register or sign up that morning.

The procession usually draw 80-120 entries.

The parade will be at 10 a.m. on Main Street. Through traffic will be diverted onto Eastside Oroville Road south of town and then back into town via Sawtells and Chesaw roads and Cherry Street.

A variety of divisions will be offered, with trophies and ribbons given. Divisions include various school/youth categories, royalty, community, tractors, cars, commercial, horse, mounted royalty, law enforcement and churches.

The state Department of Transportation said motorists on U.S. 97 in town can expect a detour onto local streets while the highway through town is closed for the parade.

The detour is expected to last from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Grand marshals are Dane and Joyce Forrester.

The May Pole dancing ceremony follows on the high school lawn.

The Border Patrol Explorers plan a dunk tank at the school. Local celebrities will be on the dunking seat following the May Pole dancing ceremony.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. a “what you’re proud of” event will take place in the U.S. Post Office parking lot.

The “public is welcome to bring your vehicle, tractor or whatever you want to brag about,” organizers said.

A Chamber of Commerce barbecue will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the south end of the high school lawn. Proceeds go toward the group’s annual scholarship.

The Fire Department prepares a pit and watches over the meat all night as it slow cooks.

Oroville Masonic Lodge children’s activities and games will be at noon on Ben Prince Field behind the school and the Oroville High School faculty will have a meet-and-greet event beginning at noon at the school.

Also at noon, a tour of the historic 1894 McDonald log cabin is planned behind Prince’s Warehouse, 1412 Ironwood St.

A teachers-alumni reunion and open house will take place in the high school commons.

At 2 p.m. will be an Okanogan International Chorus concert at the Free Methodist Church, 1516 Fir St.

Meanwhile, the Old Oroville Depot Museum, 1210 Ironwood St., will offer a display about “The Beaver Tells Their Story: The Okanogan’s” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The farmers market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon at 1276 Main St., and area wineries will have tastings.

On Sunday, Esther Bricques Winery will host a wine tasting event from noon until 6 p.m. at 38 Swanson Mill Road.


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