Saturday Aug 17th. 11am to 10pm Sunday Aug 18th. 12pm to 6pm

Activities and Demonstrations:

  • Roots and Fruits Arts Show & Tea;
  • Art demonstrations by local Spinners & Weavers, Quilters and more;
  • Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre exhibit;
  • beverage garden featuring local beer, cider and wine;
  • pop-up farmers’ market;
  • zucchini car racing
  • mechanical bull rides;
  • pony rides ($5/ride) and petting zoo;
  • waterslide and bouncy castles;
  • giant sandbox;
  • wine barrel train rides;
  • Poultry in Motion mobile chicken barn;
  • henna tattoos;
  • gold panning;
  • High Tea;
  • kids’ art stations;
  • food trucks (including Vagabond, The Wienery, Extreme Foods, The Hungry Mexican, Hawaiian Shave Ice, Mr. Spud, Medici’s Coffee & Gelato);
  • AND MORE
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Roots & Fruits Exhibit Hall:

Is your baking, artwork or produce blue-ribbon worthy? Now’s the time to prove it! Showcase your artistic, culinary and gardening talents at this year’s Roots and Fruits Exhibition! Plan to enter your tastiest baking, best art, craziest-looking produce, and more in the Roots and Fruits Exhibition, set to take over the Community Hall throughout the Roots and Fruits Expo.

Competitive categories include everything from collage to photography to sculpture, tomatoes to flowers to garlic, cookies to bread to canning. Kids are invited to participate too, with categories for those aged 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12 and 13-15. Full details about the Exhibition including all entry categories are located in the prize book.

Zucchini Car Racing:

A zucchini car is exactly what it sounds like: a whole or carved zucchini attached to or mounted on top of any kind of wheels, as long as the whole vehicle does not exceed 30 cm in width. Cars will race in pairs with the winner of each race moving on to the next heat. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest, most creative, and best looking cars built by competitors in each age category (under 7, 9-12, and 13 and over).

Build yourself a Zucchini Car at home and be ready to roll at the Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo, or bring your creative ideas and build one on site before the races on Sunday. Limited supplies will be provided at the Expo.  Check out the Rules in the schedule below.

High Tea - Saturday

HIGH TEA at the Roots and Fruits Exposition Saturday August 17th.
High Tea will be served between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Main Hall of the Community Center. Cost is $5.00 per person except for children under 3.  Many exhibits will be able to be viewed.
To add to the ambiance of the Tea, we are having a contest with prizes for the top three chosen decorated hats. Put your creative energies into creating the most beautiful hat, or the zaniest. The hats will be judged and the prizes will be given out at 4 p.m.
The Tea is sponsored by the ladies of WOW, Women of Oliver for Women and the Oliver Community Arts Council.

Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday August 17th

Saturday, the excitement gets rolling at 10:30 am with our annual Roots & Fruits Parade on Main Street.

After the parade, come right on down to the Oliver Community Park for the Roots and Fruits Expo. This year’s line-up is HUGE, including non-stop music and entertainment on two stages, art demonstrations, The Roots and Fruits Exhibit Hall, tons of kids’ activities, and vendors right through til 10:30pm.

A classic rock band based in Penticton & appearing all over the Okanagan and Similkameen, 13 Broken Bones is all about dancing and having a good time! The Band “13 Broken Bones” started in Nov 2012 when Bass Guitarist Bill Gilmour took out an ad and met Billy Massie. We went thru a few people after that in order to find a good mIx. In Feb we were joined by Floyd Armstrong on drums and Ritchie VanNus on lead guitar. Ritchie brought in Glenn Mageau in May 2013 to play keyboards. We found Valentine Jones to be the guy for the lead guitar spot in July 1st. He played his debut in Kamloops 21st July. Glenn and Floyd took some months off to do other things and Billy moved to Vancouver in spring 2014. In April 2014 we started again with Floyd coming back and Valentine with Kevin joining us in May and Glenn coming back to the band in June. The band currently consists of Bill Gilmour on bass and vocals, Glenn Mageau on keyboards, Kevin Lamb on guitar and vocals and new lead singer Jacquie Demoskoff and Chris Ploner on drums: a classic rock band that is becoming very popular up and down the Okanagan Valley. Classic Rock ranging from 50’s rockabilly to the 90’s with some country influences as well. A band for ALL age groups.

Mat Duffus is an engaging family friendly entertainer featuring music from Louis Armstrong to Lady Gaga, along with magic, comedy, encouraging interaction and audience involvement.

Mat plays all venues from daycares, rest homes, pubs, restaurants, farmers markets, festivals and campgrounds.  Mat’s music is mainly popular top ten material of all types from the 1940s to 2017 along with some originals played on acoustic, amplified guitar, harmonica and vocals.

Kristi Neumann is a singer/songwriter who performs her own original music as well as a variety covers ranging from Adele to Johnny Cash. Visit her website http://kristineumann.com/

Thoughtfully crafted original songs with great guitar riffs and unique lyrics (that are reminiscent of the great bands of the 60’s and 70’s) Mason Burns explores love, life and laughter.
Mason’s look and music takes us back to another time and a generation that spoke of peace and love and change. He captivates and engages his audiences, making them part of the entire experience and always puts on a charismatic, energetic performance. At the age of 22 he has been performing for over 11 years both as a solo artist and the driving force behind his previous band (the award winning)Cosmic Brew. He has released(on vinyl and electronically) the first two songs from his recent album “Mason Burns” Sunset Eyes and Electric Hunny and the entire album is due to be released soon.

7:00pm – Activity Stations & Exhibits close

Desert Arms began in April 2015 when guitarists Wes and Ben started working on building a rock band of original written music. Soon after, Harry and Derek joined. Together they bring high energy beats, melodic vocals and heavy riffs that at times remind us of punk rock, prog, metal and blues. In March 2017 Desert Arms released their 2 track self-titled demo. In 2019 Desert Arms opened for legendary punk masters DOA. On that same day, a re-released 3-song demo was introduced to the masses!

Great White North is an alternative-country rock band from the Okanagan.  Formed in  2012 as a solo project of Michael Szalay, the sound was rooted in folk, country and blues music.  As the community of supporting musicians rotated, the lineup would eventually settle on a permanent ensemble of Sid Ruhland (bass guitar), Polo Veintimilla (guitar), Sean Petersen (Drums) and Michael Szalay (vocals and guitar).  As the lineup was solidified, the band’s sound has morphed into an eclectic mix of country, folk, blues and mostly just good old rock’n’roll.

The band has played countless memorable shows throughout the interior of British Columbia and has earned a strong reputation as a fun, foot-stomping, party band that is sure to have the audience dancing and singing along to their original music and familiar cover songs from the past.

Sunday August 18th

The idea of Sweet SantaFe was conceived in the fishing district of Santa Fe, on the outskirts of Havana.  Immersed in Cuban culture, Sweet SantaFe evolved as the two seasoned songwriters learned to speak each other’s language through song.

 

In July, 2016, Sweet SantaFe moved from Cuba to Comox, B.C and began sharing their music to a growing number of Canadian audiences. Touring as a duo with their sweet harmonies and uplifting vibe Sweet SantaFe’s infectious Cuban Trova-style rhythms inspire the audience to dance and the lyrically-painted scenes enchant the listener. Sweet SantaFe’s distinct style has been influenced by the likes of North America’s Alison Krauss and Sarah McLachlan, Cuba’s Pablo Milanes, and Brazil’s Tom Jobim. 

 

They have been touring and performing with a variety of musicians and in a wide range of venues from pubs to house concerts, to churches with full choir backup, notably the Rhythm and Roots in Vancouver, and Island Soul Choir at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, Doug Cox, Sue Medley and Helen Austin of Big Little Lions in the Comox Valley achievement awards and The Vancouver Island Music Festival where they collaborated and shared the stage with Matt Epp, Celeigh Cardinal, Terry ‘Harmonica’ Bean, Dave Kelly and Christine Collister, during “The Songwriters In The Round. ” on the Grierson Stage. 

 

Sweet SantaFe has been interviews on CBC radio, No Strings attached and Talk N Tunes. Their debut CD “Santa Fe” is being played across college radio, charting in the #1 spot in world music on CFBX in Kamloops, and performing live on CITR in Vancouver, CFUV in Victoria and CHYL in Nanaimo. 

A zucchini car is exactly what it sounds like: a whole or carved zucchini attached to or mounted on top of any kind of wheels, as long as the whole vehicle does not exceed 30 cm in width. Cars will race in pairs with the winner of each race moving on to the next heat. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest, most creative, and best looking cars built by competitors in each age category (under 7, 9-12, and 13 and over).

Build yourself a Zucchini Car at home and be ready to roll at the Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo, or bring your creative ideas and build one on site before the races on Sunday. Limited supplies will be provided at the Expo. 

Zucchini Grand Prix

Zucchini Races will be at 1:00PM at the Shady Tree Stage.

  1. Each race car must be created from a single zucchini with wheels and axles inserted directly into the vegetable. The zucchini cannot be strapped to an external carriage. The race car can be decorated with a variety of materials.
  2. There is no size limit for the zucchini. However, it must fit the lanes of our race ramp.
  • The cars must be gravity-powered only. No motorized vehicles permitted.
  1. Cars will be raced in pairs and matched up by sizes.
    There is no age limit!

Similarly-sized yellow squash and cucumbers are also permitted.
Generally, if it is a vegetable, has wheels attached, and fits the track, we will probably love it…

Prizes will go out to the Fastest Zucchini Cars and The Most Creative

Mikie Spillett was born in Vancouver and raised on a 800 acre ranch in the Cariboo on Crystal Lake.  A working ranch, down home country girl who sang for family and friends from the age of 5 years old and never stopped. She sang near the waterfall at the end of the ranch to hear herself echo and made up campfire songs and poems all her life. 
Moving to the Okanagan in the late 90’s Mikie fell in love with the climate, after raising two children she decided it was HER time to shine musically and has never looked back. She sang with many local artists and bands from Penticton to Kelowna and then went out on her own . In 2003 she was asked to sing in the Country Music Talent Showcase in Alberta, fans showed up in photo tee shirts in support of her and she brought the house down.
In 2004 she placed second in the female division of Okanagan Starsearch and is on their album that was for sale in Walmart. Also that year, she went to the CCMAs and got autographs of her favourite country artists, saying, I’ll see ya up here one day!!! In 2006 she sang at the Calgary Stampede Parade for 40,000 people on a float.
She won Okanagan Idol and sang her way into the studio. She cut her first CD of originals in 2007 at the Master Factory Studio. 
Singing and writing songs is her passion and she has been blessed to have met Ken to complete her and bringing out the best in all she can be!  Their band Wined it Up was also been great fun at festivals and events and music keeps her soul alive!
Rebel Luv just keeps evolving, toes keep tapping, lips keep humming and bodies keep moving to the beat, JOIN US!!!

Ken Repkow moved to Osoyoos, BC in 2006. He opened a recording studio at that time and worked on numerous recording and video post-production projects. 
The Master Factory Studio was a welcomed addition to the South Okanagan. Ken has played guitar since the age of 9 and was addicted to it immediately.  He was signed to a 2 album deal with DMT Records and Royalty Records in Edmonton. Kens music was released nationally across Canada, his band HIGH PARK was play listed with radio stations and CDs were sold in major retail stores such as HMV and Sam the Record Man. He has opened for  some  great Canadian bands such as April Wine, Harlequin, Cheap Trick, Trooper and numerous others. 
Ken currently plays lead guitar and sings vocals for Rebel Luv the South Okanagan original duet and when he met the love of his life, whom he recorded in 2007, it was a natural progression to pursue their dreams and talents together. To Rebel Luv, friends, family, fans and charities make the world a better place though music and the love of it. 
Ken can rock it out with the best of them or write a lullaby, his talents and patience allow him to create  something from nothing and his ability to relate to an audience have always been so important to him.

The Orange Sol Trio is a seasoned and experienced South Okanagan based that fleshes out a hip improvisational folk groove performance perfect as a sunny afternoon vibe of complete originality. we are a 2 percussionist, a flutist, a guitarist and bassist our music is playing to lend a mood that is conducive to either enjoying, conversing, food and wine consumption, or even getting crazy. 

Who’s who?……. 
Guitar: Dorian Goodwin
Flute: Misty Rose
Drum Kit: Dejan Nad
Hand Perc: Bobby Bonvenzi
Bass: Luke Whitall

A classic rock band based in Penticton & appearing all over the Okanagan and Similkameen, 13 Broken Bones is all about dancing and having a good time! The Band “13 Broken Bones” started in Nov 2012 when Bass Guitarist Bill Gilmour took out an ad and met Billy Massie. We went thru a few people after that in order to find a good mIx. In Feb we were joined by Floyd Armstrong on drums and Ritchie VanNus on lead guitar. Ritchie brought in Glenn Mageau in May 2013 to play keyboards. We found Valentine Jones to be the guy for the lead guitar spot in July 1st. He played his debut in Kamloops 21st July. Glenn and Floyd took some months off to do other things and Billy moved to Vancouver in spring 2014. In April 2014 we started again with Floyd coming back and Valentine with Kevin joining us in May and Glenn coming back to the band in June. The band currently consists of Bill Gilmour on bass and vocals, Glenn Mageau on keyboards, Kevin Lamb on guitar and vocals and new lead singer Jacquie Demoskoff and Chris Ploner on drums: a classic rock band that is becoming very popular up and down the Okanagan Valley. Classic Rock ranging from 50’s rockabilly to the 90’s with some country influences as well. A band for ALL age groups.

Formed in 2017 from a weekly Jam night gathering, brothers Don and Al Brogan together with Todd Browne and Ken McDonald were overheard by Don’s neighbors during one of their weekly jam sessions and were asked to play for a private party.  The dominoes fell from that point on and the Band has now played numerous parties and events in the South Okanagan, most recently performing for the Osoyoos Elks Club Dance in early May. 

The Gang plays guitar-centric Rock & Roll from the 60’s through to the 90’s (there hasn’t been any decent rock and roll since then anyways).  Songs from Tom Petty, Neil Young, Oasis, and the Black Crows are just a few of the artists they cover.

When not playing music, Don is the General Manager of Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos, Al owns and operates Big Al’s Bakery & Deli in Oliver, Todd Browne is the Owner and operator of Oliver Car & Truck Hwy 97 South in Oliver and Ken McDonald lives the good life (retired) in Osoyoos.

The Roots and Fruits Expo is designed to bring our townspeople together, to build community, to celebrate where we’ve come from and to look forward to where we’re going.

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