North County lighting up for the holidays

NORTH COUNTY – Holiday Lighting Ceremonies will be held in Oroville and Tonasket this week and Santa has promised to be in attendance at each.

Winterfest, sponsored by the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce, takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Santa Claus arrives on a firetruck at 6 p.m. at Founders Day Park (next to the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center) and that’s where the tree lighting takes place.

Carolers will be stationed throughout downtown for celebrants to walk by and enjoy and a number of civic groups will be providing food and drink as well. The Kiwanis will be providing free hot chocolate and apple cider; the Cub Scouts will be selling hot dogs; the Tonasket Cooperative Pre-school will be holding its bake sale and the Tonasket PTO will be selling soup. There will also be other vendors.

The traditional log-cutting contest will be going on at the Founders Day Park, both for adults and children. Lee Frank Mercantile donated the prizes. There will also be face painting, a book sale and other vendors.

In Oroville, the Oroville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Centennial Park on Saturday, Dec. 3 starting at 5 p.m.

In addition to lighting the community Christmas Tree on the park’s gazebo, Santa will be arriving atop one of Oroville’s firetrucks this year courtesy of the Oroville Fire Department. Rev. Karen Davison of the United Methodist Church will be in charge of the music. There will also be hot chocolate and hot dogs available. Everyone is encouraged to join with family, friends and neighbors in kicking off the holiday season, say organizers.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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