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Roots and Fruits Expo

Oliver’s Roots and Fruits Expo 2019 is already in the planning stages!

Oliver’s annual, two day Roots and Fruits Expo is a fun for all ages celebration of our little town, its agriculture, history and rich arts community. The Roots and Fruits Expo is designed to bring our townspeople together to build community, celebrate where we’ve come from and look forward to where we’re going.

The Expo will start Friday with our second annual Rock and Roll Picnic. The Picnic features a rocking party atmosphere hyped by two headliner bands. On top of great music, come for the food: once again, we’ll have top local chefs transforming humble hotdogs in works of culinary art in our Audience’s Choice cooking competition.

Saturday, the excitement gets rolling at 10:30 am with our annual Sunshine Parade. After the parade, come right on down to the Oliver Community Park for music, entertainment and vendors right through til 10:30pm.

The Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo is intended to build community and to celebrate the many things that make our town unique and special. Entertainment will include: an ag-themed exhibition of produce, baking and art; zucchini car racing; mechanical bull riding; pie eating contests; pony rides; petting zoo; farmers’ market; and so much more.

Mark your calendars! We’ll see you there!


Check out the happenings from our 2018 event:

Sunshine Fest Poster 2018



Thursday August 16th
Music in the Park and Community Market
Market – Free
Concert by donation

Friday, August 17
Rock & Roll Picnic

Saturday, August 18
1. Roots & Fruits Expo – Free
2. Parade on Main St.

Rock & Roll Picnic – Friday, August 17th

The first ever Rock and Roll Picnic, from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. Bands include ragtime blues band “The Burying Ground” and AC/CD cover band “High Voltage”. There will be a corn roast and some of the area’s best chefs will be competing in the Top Dog gourmet hotdog competition, so plan to come really hungry. Firehall Brewery beer and red and white wine sangria as well as non-alcoholic drinks and Hawaiian Shave Ice will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring the kids to this family-friendly event, as there will be tons of kids’ activities on site. Tickets are $20/adult, $10/student (11-18) in advance; kids are free. Tickets are available at the Oliver Visitor Centre and the Oliver Parks and Rec office this week. Tickets will increase to $25/adult, $15/student at the door.


Oliver Roots & Fruits Expo – Saturday, August 18th

The day kicks off at 10:30am with Oliver’s annual Sunshine Festival Parade led by the Summerland Pipe Band. Parade entry forms are available on Oliver Parks and Recreation’s website: let your creative juices fly and put together a fun/silly/artistic entry in our parade. It’s a great way to showcase your business/group and a fabulous and fun way to be part of your community!

Once the parade wraps up, stroll right on down to the Oliver Community Park: the Roots and Fruits Expo gets rolling at 11:00 and is jam-packed with fun, free entertainment right through until 10:00 that evening.

In addition to non-stop music and on-stage entertainment, a sampling of the activities and exhibits includes: mechanical bull rides, pie eating contests, pony rides ($5/ride), baby goat petting, a pop-up water-park, a waterslide, bouncy castles and giant sandbox, wine barrel train rides, zucchini car racing, Roots and Fruits Arts Show and Tea, a Poultry in Motion mobile chicken barn, henna tattoos, gold panning, kids’ art stations, an Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre exhibit, a beverage garden featuring local beer, cider and wine; a pop-up farmers’ market; food trucks (including Peter Ze German, the Wienery, Vagabond Kitchen, Hawaiian Shave Ice and more); and a Roots and Fruits Exhibition of locally grown/made produce, baking, art and more.

ROOTS & FRUITS ENTERTAINMENT – Saturday august 18
10:30AM – PARADE BEGINS ON MAIN STREET
11:00AM – ACTIVITY STATIONS & EXHIBITS OPEN
11:30AM – PIE EATING CONTESTS – Shady Tree Stage
12:00PM – OFFICIAL WELCOME OIB & YOUTH AMBASSADORS
12:30PM – OKANAGAN MEXICAN FOLKLORE DANCERS – Rotary Stage
1:00-2:00PM – OLIVER’S GOT TALENT SHOW – Rotary Main Stage
2:00-2:30PM – CHILDREN’S SING-ALONG Shady Tree Stage
2:30-3:30PM – JUST US TOO – Rotary Main Stage
3:00PM – ZUCCHINI CAR RACING – Shady Tree Stage
3:30-4:15PM – DANCE WORKSHOP – Shady Tree Stage
4:30-5:15PM – KRISTI NEUMANN – Rotary Main Stage
5:45-6:30PM – JUDY & THE DIAMONDS — Buy-Low Foods Main Stage
7:00PM – ACTIVITY STATIONS & EXHIBITS CLOSE
7:00-8:15 – KNACKER’S YARD — Buy-Low Foods Main Stage
8:45-10:00PM –TOONMADE — Buy-Low Foods Main Stage
10:00PM till LATE — OFFICIAL “AFTER PARTY” at FIREHALL BREWERY

Oliver Roots & Fruits Exhibition Entries

New to 2018. Enter your crafts, creations and harvest bounty into the Roots and Fruits Expo. The categories are:

Click here to view the Prize book
with the detailed entry categories and entry form codes.
Wines & Beers Flowers Childrens Vegetables Childrens Crafts
Photography Home Baking Vegetables and Fruits Art
Needlecraft Home Canning Jams and Jellies Crafts and Hobbies
Click here to view the Prize book
with the detailed entry categories and entry form codes.