Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta 2019 – Part 2 – Gyro Park and fireworks

Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta takes place in the downtown in the morning, but in the afternoon the Canada Day action shifts to Gyro Park.

This photo collection shows some of the Gyro Park events, including the always-fun cherry pie eating and cherry pit spitting contests.

In some of my photography workshops we talk about the technique for catching the cherry pit in mid air as it leaves the mouth. Briefly, it involves using a very fast shutter speed and anticipating from the contestant’s facial expression when the pit is going to come out. It’s easier than photographing a speeding bullet — a topic I’d better leave for an advanced class. 😉 To find out about my photography classes and workshops this summer, check out the Town of Osoyoos Summer Leisure Guide.

The evening ends with the impressive fireworks display over Osoyoos Lake. This selection ends with the pyrotechnic wizardry of Frank Zandvliet and his volunteer crew.

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Richard McGuire

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Outgoing Osoyoos Ambassador Aikum Takher speaks at the bandshell, flanked by incoming Ambassadors Kaelyn and Kristen. At left is master of ceremonies Tom Shields. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Town councillors C.J. Rhodes and Jim King slice Canada Day cake for the crowd in Gyro Park while Mayor Sue McKortoff (right) supervises. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Councillor Myers Bennett (left) serves Canada Day cake at Gyro Park as people line up. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Tom Shields, former mayor, horse race announcer and CIRO Radio personality, was master of ceremonies during the afternoon at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The girls from Dance Oasis gave an energetic performance at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The girls from Dance Oasis gave an energetic performance at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

The girls from Dance Oasis gave an energetic performance at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Cindy Doucette, a Canada Day favourite, sang and played guitar Monday afternoon at Gyro Park. (Richard McGuire Photo)

There’s no room for table manners as participants in different age groups try to be first to devour a cherry pie with their hands clasped behind their backs. (Richard McGuire Photo)

There’s no room for table manners as participants in different age groups try to be first to devour a cherry pie with their hands clasped behind their backs. (Richard McGuire Photo)

There’s no room for table manners as participants in different age groups try to be first to devour a cherry pie with their hands clasped behind their backs. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

Participants of all ages showed off their cherry pit spitting skills in a contest at Gyro Park. This year there was strong participation by girls and women, some of whom put in impressive performances. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

As in past years, Canada Day ended with an impressive fireworks display from Gyro Beach attended by thousands. Town employee Frank Zandvliet is the pyrotechnical wizard, along with his team of volunteers. (Richard McGuire Photo)

 

About Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire is a photographer and photojournalist based in Osoyoos in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada.

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