Oroville Community Fireworks Display on at Deep Bay

OROVILLE – The good news: This year’s Oroville Community Fireworks Display will burst into the sky above Deep Bay Park and Lake Osoyoos at dusk on the Fourth of July.

The bad news: This could be the last year if someone doesn’t take over finding donations for the annual pyrotechnics display.

Dane Forester, who has volunteered his time gathering contributions and organizing the Oroville tradition is experiencing burn out. The event also falls at the worst time of year for him as he helps his dad in their cherry orchards during the harvest. He says Brian Sawyer, who got his license to touch off the popular Independence Day blast, doesn’t have the time to do the leg work to get the money it takes to reserve the fireworks for Oroville.

So, unless there is a group or individual ready to step up and take over the funding side of the event, Forester says this may be its last year. To help, contact the Gazette-Tribune at gdevon@gazette-tribune.com.

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.