As of Tuesday, May 31, 2016
OKANOGAN – The Okanogan Days celebration will be Saturday, June 4, with a variety of activities, food, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, street fair and parade.
The event kicks off at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast on Queen Street next to The Bike Shop and hosted by the Okanogan Kiwanis Club. A fee will be charged for the meal, which features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausages and beverages.
A variety of booths make up the street fair, which opens at 9 a.m. on Second Avenue.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. Staging will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tyee Street next to the Okanogan Grange Hall.
Through traffic will be routed around downtown during the procession.
Hoops for Hope, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, starts at 9 a.m. and runs all day at the south end of downtown.
Children’s activities – including games, face painting and a bouncy house - are planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friends of the Okanogan Library will have its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the library, 228 Pine S.
Many downtown stores will be open.
The Okanogan Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the event, said Okanogan Days is part of the ongoing community effort to recover from the 2015 wildfires.
“We’re always very proud of our community, but especially after the last two summers with record wildfires,” said chamber President Bess Derting. “It has been wonderful to see how everyone has supported each other and rallied together.
“We also wanted to let folks around Washington to know that while recovery continues and there are long-term challenges that all the communities affected by the fires continue to face, we’re doing well and we appreciate everyone’s support over the past several months.”