Oliver Roots and Fruits

A Day
full of

Check out this years Activities and Demonstrations:

  • Roots and Fruits Arts Show;
  • 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 market;
  • waterslide and bouncy castles;
  • giant sandbox;
  • henna tattoos;
  • gold panning;
  • High Tea;
  • kids’ art stations;
  • food trucks

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.

High Tea - Saturday

HIGH TEA at the Roots and Fruits Exposition Saturday August 20th.
High Tea will be served between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Main Hall of the Community Center. Cost is $15.00 per couple. 
To add to the ambiance of the Tea, we are having a Fancy Hat 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 3 p.m.
The Tea is sponsored by the ladies of WOW, Women of Oliver for Women.

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.

Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday August 20th

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 until evening.

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.

This free, all-ages workshop will give participants a chance to learn and practice greetings, introductions, and basic commands in nsyilxcn.  Nsyilxcn is an endangered language spoken throughout the land of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, which includes the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, Okanagan Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Penticton Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Upper Similkameen Indian Band and Westbank First Nation. OIB Language House instructor Francesca Raven Bell will lead the workshop using an interactive game format where participants be introduced to new vocabulary through pictures. 

Franchesca Raven Bell (yutəlx) was raised in Oliver and is a member of the Osoyoos Indian Band working with several organizations in the language revitalization field as well as the arts field. She is interested in providing opportunities for cultural enrichment within the community to enhance perspective, knowledge, and for building relationships. She has attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is an alumni of the Enowkin centre after completing the National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training program, it was through attending this institution that a passion for language, culture, and art was even further evoked.


All ages are invited to dress up your bike, scooter, strider bike, mobility scooter or stroller and come for a fun lap around the park to shake the legs out mid-day! Prizes in all age categories for Best Dressed, Most Creative, Best Sounds and more. Check in starts at 4:30PM,

5:00PM let the parade around the park begin!

7:00pm – Activity Stations & Exhibits close

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