Some children play on the horse statue in front of Kids Korner at O’Keefe Ranch. (photo submitted)

O’Keefe Ranch celebrates

O’Keefe Ranch continues to celebrate its 150th birthday.

A family fun day will be held at the Spallumcheen historic site Sunday, Aug. 20.

“We have a variety of activities related to ranching and local history that we don’t normally offer on a daily basis – things like learning Morse code, taking a stagecoach ride, making butter or learning the two-step,” said Glen Taylor, general manager.

“All the activities taking place at family fun day are just that, good old fashioned fun for the whole family. I encourage everyone to bring someone new to the ranch, to learn and explore how people lived in the past.”

Activities also include a sing-a-long dance party for children by Kiki the Cowgirl, storytelling by Beverley Peacock, and two step lessons by Lorna Robb of Cheek to Cheek Dance Studio.

Kids can create their own pastel landscapes in the O’Keefe Kids Korner, inspired by the exhibition Leading Ladies on view in the Greenhow Museum. Miniature horse Sherriff Wally will be onsite to take selfies with his fans, and pony rides are available for the younger guests.

The B.C. Carriage Driving Society will practice its driving skills in a derby competition in the Greenhow Arena and curator Carla-Jean Stokes will be providing tours of the ranch by horse drawn wagon.

In addition to the lineup of activities specifically for this event, the ranch offers tours of the O’Keefe mansion while there are farm animals to meet and the corn maze.

Thanks to the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan, kids can play at the ranch for free during family fun day.

For more information, visit

The O’Keefe Ranch tells the story of early BC Ranching and endeavors to preserve the history and culture of the early ranching era for future generations.

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