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Oroville plans May Festival

The 88th annual Oroville May Festival will feature a weekend-long lineup of events from a parade to duck races, bass tournament and the traditional May Pole Dance.

Activities run May 13-14 in and around the City of Oroville. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time.”

This year’s royalty includes Queen Darbey Carleton and princesses Kylie Acord, Addison Calico, Kaylee Clough, Florelda Orozco-Delgado and Meladie Young.

Events get underway May 13 with “Shine On Oroville,” a lip sync show at the Brickhouse restaurant at 6:30 p.m.

“Shine On Oroville will bring Oroville friends and neighbors together to perform as their favorite artists,” organizers said. “The evening promises to be an entertaining night of musical performances, dancing and fundraising. One act will be awarded the grand prize.”

Admission will be charged. More information about the event can be found online at

A mini parade through town will follow at 9 p.m.

Saturday’s activities start at 5 a.m. in Deep Bay Park on Lake Osoyoos with the annual bass tournament. Registration will be followed by a mandatory diver’s meeting. The tournament starts at 6 a.m. weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. An entry fee is charged.

The 40th annual fun run will start at 8 a.m. with signups beginning at 7 a.m. at 718 Appleway St.

Parade lineup will start at 8 a.m., with judging at 8:30 a.m. at the south end of Main Street. Entries can preregister online or sign up that morning.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

Following the parade, activities move to Veterans Memorial Park at the north end of town.

The FFA Alumni will host a barbecue lunch at 11 a.m. There is a fee to eat.

The traditional May Pole Dance and royalty presentation will follow at noon.

A classic car cruise-in, dunk tank and games for youth run throughout the day in the park.

The second annual duck races will launch at 2 p.m. in Henry Kniss Park, and the Borderlands Historical Society museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other events planned May 13-14 include live music, a farmer’s market, wine tastings, and more.

For a complete lineup of events, see



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