A decades-old tradition of community pride is alive and well in Oyama.
Oyama Fun Day takes place Sunday and enthusiastic crowds are expected to take part.
“It’s our big day for the entire community,” said Deb Butler, with the Oyama Community Club.
“It’s good old-fashioned family fun and it’s a chance to come out and visit with your neighbours.”
Activities get underway at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Oyama Community Hall.
The highlight of the day, though, is the parade along Oyama Road at 11 a.m..
“It’s getting bigger and bigger every year,” said Butler.
“It’s the only parade in Lake Country.”
And there are no restrictions as to who can participate in the parade.
“If you decide that morning you want to put streamers on your bike, come on down,” said Butler.
A reminder to motorists that Oyama Road — from the general store to the school — will be closed Sunday from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. for the parade.
At noon, the concession pavilion opens, while there will also be a classic car display and an open house at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Residents are also encouraged to stop by the farmers market.
“We want to showcase our local businesses,” said Butler.
Also at noon, there will be a demonstration by the Lake Country Jumping Agility Mutts, followed by the Lake Country Big Band at 12:30 p.m.
The young and the young-at-heart can participate in field games, including tug-of-war, sack races, an egg throw and an ice cream eating contest.
At 1 p.m., Adrian Empire’s Medieval Village will open and it will include games, artisans, steel fighting demonstrations and table catapults.
Look for Sugar the Clown, Sportball kids activities, a bounce feature and a silent auction.
The schedule wraps up at 3 p.m.
“Oyama Community Club proudly hosts Fun Day as our club’s contributions to the quality of life in the jewel of the Okanagan,” said Butler.