A member of the SkyHawks parachute team colours the skies over Okanagan Lake Park on the opening day of the 2019 Penticton Peach Festival. (Western News - File )

A member of the SkyHawks parachute team colours the skies over Okanagan Lake Park on the opening day of the 2019 Penticton Peach Festival. (Western News - File )

Penticton Peach Festival calling on past royalty for 75th-anniversary reunion

All past royalty are being invited back for 2022’s Peachfest

Penticton Peach Festival is calling all Penticton royalty.

The festival plans to celebrate its 75th anniversary with all of the past Penticton Peachfest royalty in 2022.

Organizing the reunion is 2000’s Miss Penticton, Jessica Okayama, who was the 53rd Miss Penticton.

The reunion won’t take place until 2022, but the festival is looking to confirm returning royalty as soon as possible in order to make all of the necessary arrangements.

READ MORE: Penticton Peach Fest headliners moved to 2021

Penticton Peach Festival, Okayama and Okayama’s mother Kerry Younie are organizing the reunion, which is wholly separate from the Miss Penticton Pageant.

“This is a celebration of 75 years of Peachfest, and we thought one fun way to celebrate would be to bring back all the past royalty.”

Okayama herself looks back fondly on her time as Miss Penticton, participating in over 50 parades, and even travelling to Penticton’s sister-city in Japan.

“They do a wine-festival there,” said Okayama. “Hence why they’re our sister city, they’re also a wine-producing area.”

So far there have been a number of past royalty who have expressed their interest in coming back from where their lives have taken them.

“We’ve had about 20 royalty contact me who are interested,” said Okayama. “One woman contacted me, her sister was royalty in the 60s and she’s now living in England, and she’s interested in coming.”

The royalty would take part in the Peachfest parade, and Okayama noted that they are also looking for volunteers with convertibles to drive the royalty, with their names and the years they were Miss Penticton or a Princess displayed on a sticker on their ride.

READ MORE: Penticton Peach Festival cancelled due to COVID-19

Following the parade would be a banquet dinner with live music, that would be free for all of the former royalty. Tickets for other guests are expected to be $75.

Royalty are asked to contact Okayama at peachfestroyalty75@yahoo.com with their name and the year they were royalty.

Once royalty are confirmed, the next step will be booking blocks of hotel rooms for those who require accommodation.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Weekly cases for the South Okanagan rose over April 25 to May 1, particularly in Summerland, according the map from the BC Centre for Disease Control. (BC CDC)
COVID-19 cases more than double in Summerland

Summerland currently has the highest per capita daily case rate

(Pixabay photo)
Morning Start: Kentucky has more bourbon than people

Your morning start for Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fun in Penticton is being promoted through banners going up along Main and Westminster. (Suzanne White Western News)
Banners go up in downtown celebrating fun in Penticton

From beach or biking time to dining or shopping, the banners promote things to do

A woman wears a face mask and shield to curb the spread of COVID-19 while walking in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
57 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

Thirty people in the region are in hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care

Victory Church homeless shelter had the highest calls for police service above everywhere else, at 290 calls for service, in the first three months of the year. (Jesse Day Western News)
UPDATE: Human error doubled data about calls for police to Penticton’s homeless shelters

Police have now partnered with Interior Health to have a nurse come with them to calls

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O���Connell photo)
VIDEO: Workers, activists clash at site of Vancouver Island logging operation

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

(Kamloops This Week file photo)
Federal police unit takes over probe of B.C. regional district’s spending

Financial Integrity Sensitive Investigations Unit is now reviewing the case

Photo: Kathleen Saylors
Grand Forks votes down letter to support Penticton in homeless shelter battle

Grand Forks city coun. Neil Krog insisted Penticton’s issue with Victoria is about city bylaws, not homelessness

A black bear made a visit to downtown Vancouver Tuesday, May 4. The animal was spotted on train tracks in Gastown shortly after at 2:30 p.m. (Twitter/Craig Minielly)
VIDEO: Black bear spotted meandering around downtown Vancouver

The bear was reportedly tranquilized by conservation officers Tuesday afternoon

Southbound traffic was reduced to single lane on Highway 97 as a vehicle involved in a collision was being retrieved by a tow truck on Thursday morning, May 6, 2021. (Jennifer Smith-Vernon Morning Star)
Collision causing delays on Highway 97 near Vernon

Southbound traffic reduced to single lane

Flow Academy is located at 1511 Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
Interior Health locks out Kelowna martial arts gym following COVID violations

Actions were taken after all other steps to gain compliance were exhausted, says health authority

A man who allegedly spat at and yelled racial slurs at an Asian family was arrested for hate-motivated assault Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Arrest made after man spits, yells anti-Asian racial slurs at Victoria mom and kids

The man was arrested for hate-motivated assault near Quadra Elementary School Tuesday

A lady wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada may find it challenging to reach herd immunity from COVID-19, experts say

Level of immunity among the population changes with the variants, especially the more transmissible strains

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Most Read