Special to the Chronicle
We’re only a few days away from Oliver’s Roots and Fruits Expo on Saturday, August 18, and the lineup of entertainment is nothing short of phenomenal.
This year, entertainment will trade off on two stages, which means music and dancing will be non-stop all day.
Oliver Parks and Recreation is excited to welcome first to the Rotary Main Stage the Okanagan Mexican Folklore Dancers (12:30 p.m.) and the ever-popular Oliver’s Got Talent Show (1 p.m.).
The talent show, proudly sponsored by WOW and The Dance Studio, will feature comedy, vocal, dance and poetry reciting performances by the following local youth (in no particular order): Kelan Harty, Therese Grice, Ava Grice, Hazel Sheridan, Laura Harty, Kristina and Joey Decker, Dee Shaw, Olivia Miller, Kate Mackenzie and Kylie Mackenzie.
Next up on the Rotary Main Stage will be Just Us Too, a local duo who performs music from country to classic rock and everything in between (2:30 p.m.), followed by a performance of popular kid’s sing-along songs at the Children’s Stage at 3:30 p.m.
Local singer/songwriter Kristi Neumann will play at 4:30 p.m. and at 5:45 p.m. The Oliver Buy-Low Foods Main Stage will “rock around the clock” with Judy and the Diamonds. Storytelling, drumming and dance workshops will take place at the Children’s Stage throughout the day.
Plan to stay all evening? Evening headliners on the Buy-Low Foods Main Stage include “Knacker’s Yard” (7 p.m.) and “ToonMade” (8:45 p.m.).
Knacker’s Yard is a seven-member Celtic band hailing from Victoria, B.C. From get-up-and-dance bar-room brawlers to traditional English, Irish and Scottish ballads and folk songs, Knacker’s Yard music will get your feet and your soul moving.
ToonMade is making waves in the local music scene with music it describes as love + folk + rock, a little bit of country and a wee bit of pop. Lisa Toon (daughter of Rocky and Nancy Moore) was born and raised in Oliver and moved back here a year ago to pursue music full time with her ultra-musical husband, Stephen. Expect soul-stirring harmonies, poetic lyrics and a wide variety of styles and instruments.
A full listing of entertainment along with bios and photos of the performers is available on the event website.
The Oliver Roots & Fruits Expo is an all-day, free-to-all, fun-for-all-ages celebration of our little town, its agriculture and its history.
Plan to stay all day at Oliver Community Park. The entertainment kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs non-stop until 10 p.m.