A highlight of Cherryville Days is the outhouse races.

A highlight of Cherryville Days is the outhouse races.

Milestone year for Cherryville

Cherryville Days runs from Friday to Sunday and it will be an opportunity to celebrate the discovery of gold on Cherry Creek in 1862.

It’s a birthday party 150 years in the making.

Cherryville Days runs from Friday to Sunday and it will be an opportunity to celebrate the discovery of gold on Cherry Creek in 1862.

“Cherryville is the oldest community in the North Okanagan,” said Ernie Laviolette, with the Cherryville Historical Society.

To mark those humble roots, there will be a heritage celebration at the Cherryville Community Hall Friday at 2 p.m.

The event will include historical displays and a chance for residents to reminisce.

The 50th anniversary of Monashee Provincial Park will also be acknowledged and there will be an official ceremony at 5 p.m. with a birthday cake.

“The people of Cherryville think of it as their park,” said Laviolette.

Also on Friday, there will be a family dance in Hanson Park from 6 to 8 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to dress in the gold fever theme.

“Cherryville Days gets the whole community out and celebrating Cherryville,” said Kim Martin, festival co-chairperson.

On Saturday, there will be a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. That is followed by a birthday cake baking contest, a tea garden, a pet show, a farmers market, bingo and a watermelon eating contest.

The Gold Pan Alley Kids Zone will be open and there will entertainment and a gold panning demonstration.

The parade runs from the Emporium to Cherryville Elementary at noon, and one of the most popular activities is the outhouse race at 4:30 p.m.

“It’s pretty comical,” said Martin of the race which flushes out a lot of creativity as contestants try and outdo each other with decorating.

On Sunday, many of the same activities will continue and there will also be a horseshoe competition, a church service, pony rides and a lip-sync contest.

The weekend wraps up with a community supper at 4:30 p.m.

“We’re celebrating the community that it is,” said Martin, who is encouraging all North Okanagan residents to attend Cherryville Days.

“It’s a great time to come out and see what we’re all about.”

For more information about Cherryville Days, go to www.cherryville.net.