Can Am Apple Cup holds successful powerboat races on Lake Osoyoos

OROVILLE – This weekend offered much to do and see throughout Oroville with Heritage Days, the Fly-in and the Can Am Apple Cup.

Heritage Days featured music in the park and an extended Farmer’s Market, exhibits at the Depot Museum, spinning wheel demonstrations, plant sale and pie and homemade ice cream. There was also a tractor show and competition. The Fly-in featured a breakfast put on by the Boy Scouts, airplane rides and a couple of exciting fly-bys.

The Can-Am Apple Cup, back after a miss last year, was back on Lake Osoyoos off Oroville’s Deep Bay Park last weekend.

“I think it was a great success,” said a tired Jinnie Bartholomew, who with her husband led the move to bring powerboat racing back to Oroville. “The storm on Friday made it so we couldn’t get the course set up in the water or put up the signs, but on Saturday and Sunday the weather was wonderful.”

Bartholomew said that she estimated 300 to 400 people came through the park on Saturday, with the numbers quite a bit lower on Sunday.

“It was a little windy and their was some chop on Saturday, but it didn’t bother the racers. On Sunday the water was gorgeous,” she said.

The racers all agreed that they enjoy coming to Oroville, according to Bartholomew and fellow Can Am Association member Kathy Jones.

“All the racers love this area. They said Friday they’d heard of the Northern Lights, but really got a light show with all the lightening,” said Jones.

“The racers were absolutely tremendous. They love Oroville and they love the lake to race on, they told me they really love the community,” Bartholomew added.

Bartholomew said she was a little disappointed that more people didn’t take advantage of the Shriner’s Trolly that was offering rides to and from town during the race. She said the Shriners only reported 35 riders.

There were seven classes of powerboats featured. There were 1 Liters, the 2.5 Mods, the 2.5 Stocks, 5 Liters, Sportsman E (a new class that began in 2011 and is based on the 350 cubic inch Chevrolet Engine), Flat-bottoms, Super Stock, National Mods and Vintage powerboats.

Can Am Apple Cup Race Results:

Sportsman E Class

1. David Weber, Spokane.

2. Levi Weber, Spokane

3. Marissa Stone, Clayton, Wash.

5 Liter

1. Jim Mauldin, Friday Harbor, Wash.

2. Brian Perkins, North Bend, Wash.

3. Richard Hill, Burlington, Wash.

1 Liter

1. John Culver/Josh Culver, North Bend

2. Brian Perkins/HJamie Nilson, Fife, Wash.

3. Nick Bononcini, Issaquah, Wash.

Completion Jet (a new class to Oroville)

1. James Rick, Bullhead City, Ariz.

2. Louis Schindler, Blythe, Calif.

3. Mark Moyle, Burley, Idaho

4. Joe Dilworth, Burley, Idaho

2.5 Stock

1. Terry Anderson, Moses Lake, Wash.

2.5 Modified

1. Karen Toulouse, Eatonville, Wash (Pat Bertrom, owner)

2. Jarod Knelleken, Yelm, Wash.

Vintage Exhibition

(No placings, demonstration only) Jim Labrie, Covington, Wash.; Wes Gray, Ellensburg, Wash.; Ron Morrison, Vancouver, Wash.; Paul Russell, Langley, B.C.