Rodeo and fireworks all set for the Fourth

NORTH COUNTY – Whether it’s rodeo action or a fireworks display the North County has something for everyone this Fourth of July.

One of the biggest attractions to the area is in the tiny town of Chesaw, which sponsors the annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo. Truly a family affair, many of the rodeo cowboys (and girls) are from the “hill” and sport names with connections that go back generations with the rodeo.

The action actually begins the night of July 3 at the Chesaw Rodeo Hall Dance. “Powder River” will be performing from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. On July 4th the day begins early with a Molson Grange Breakfast at 6 a.m. The Chesaw Rodeo Small Sports, a favorite of the kids, begin at 10 a.m. and the parade is at 12:30. This year’s Chesaw Grand Marshal is Darlene Owyn, who plans on riding a horse in the parade.

The main event, the Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo starts at 1 p.m. The stock for this year’s rodeo is being provided by C & C Rodeo Company. While the “grown ups” take their chances on a bucking bronco or cow, the kids get a chance to test their luck on some pretty squirrelly calves. These riders can be every bit as entertaining to watch as their bigger kin.

The Unity Trek canoes, paddled by First Peoples from north of the border, will be arriving in the late afternoon at Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial State Park for anyone who would like to see the paddlers and their authentic dugouts.

Oroville’s fireworks display is becoming well-known in the region as a must see if you get the chance. Dane Forrester, who has spearheaded the annual event for several years now, says he hopes this year’s display will be especially spectacular in honor of Oroville’s 100th birthday.

The fireworks show takes place at Deep Bay Park and begins just after dark. It is enjoyed by those at the park, living around the lake or parked out in their boat. There’s also a big group that parks along the highway to take in the colorful pyrotechnics. The event is sponsored by various businesses, as well as donations from individuals. These donations not only guarantee a great show this year, but are used to put down a deposit for next year’s display, according to Forrester, who adds it’s not too late to make a donation.

Those who come to the park might want to bring a lawn or camp chair or a blanket to sit on.

For Tonasket residents looking to stick closer to home, the North Valley Hospital Assisted Living will hold a BBQ from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a fireworks show beginning at dark. Donations of $4 for the hotdogs and to cover fireworks costs are appreciated. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.

The July fun doesn’t stop on Independence Day either. On Saturday, July 12, the Annual Greater Columbia River Run from Oroville to Tonasket starts at 8 a.m. For more information call (509) 476-2203 or visit

On July 19 and 20 the Can Am Apple Cup Powerboat Races featuring powerboats ranging all the way up to the limited hydroplanes, will take place off Deep Bay Park. Gates open at 11 p.m.

On July 20 the Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society will present a four-course High Tea and historical fashion show at the Peerless Restaurant at 2 p.m. At 6 p.m. there is a Desert Extravaganza and wine tasting at the Peerless. Tickets are limited and are available at Oroville Pharmacy, the Depot Museum and the Tumbleweed.

On July 26 it is Airport Day at Dorothy Scott Municipal Airport. The excitement begins at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. There will be a static display of old planes and a hanger dance to 40’s music at 8 a.m. and period costumes are encouraged.

Also on July 26 is a golf tournament at Oroville Municipal Golf Course sponsored by the Economic Alliance. For more information call (509) 826-5107.

That same day the Oroville Methodist Church is inviting folks to help them celebrate their 75th anniversary with a barbecue at Deep Bay Park.

Watch the Gazette-Tribune for more information on these upcoming events, as well as many others planned to celebrate Oroville’s one-hundredth birthday during Incorporation Week from July 25 to Aug. 2.