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Gatzke Orchard goes back 45 years with third annual Woodstock Revival

In a technicolour sea of  tie dye and bell bottoms, love is in the air and so is the scent of patchouli, or is that sage?

For the third year in a row, Gatzke Orchards in Oyama will be hosting one of the hippest and grooviest festivals in the Okanagan.

Woodstock Revival III takes place July 4 to 6 at Gatzke Orchards, a third generation family-owned and operated orchard in Lake Country.

“For me, our Woodstock Revival is an opportunity to celebrate the little hippy in all of us and all that was good in the late ‘60s and ‘70s,” said orchard owner Al Gatzke. “It’s about a time of innocence and love without the rush-rush, go-go pace of today. It gives me pleasure to revisit my youth once every summer by opening up the farm and sharing experiences with others about those groovy times.”

The setting is idyllic, with a view of both Kalamalka and Wood Lakes.

“Now with the new highway open, the little town of Oyama has turned into the hidden jewel of the Okanagan,” said Gatzke. “Guests can camp on site and enjoy some tasty local food and beverages while checking out some great live music.”

Confirmed artists include Jason Buie, Poppa Dawg, Sabrina Weeks, Kathy Frank, Ellie Johnson, Sugarbud, Linda Sue Wilson, Dan Engelland and the SOS House Band. Producers are working on some more additions to be announced soon.

“The orchard, music and the people are what makes the Woodstock Revival so special,” said Gatzke event manager Joe Pinheiro. “Last year I met a lady who missed the original Woodstock in ’69 because she went into labour. Now here she was with her daughter at our Woodstock having the time of her life. It was such a great experience.”

After the success of Woodstock II and the overwhelming enthusiasm from everyone, producers met and started some early planning to return in 2014.

“When I attended the Woodstock Revival at Gatzke Orchards last summer it was an event like no other I had attended in many years,” said returning Woodstocker Jody Postma. “For me, it was a complete immersion into the innocent past. No chaos... It was groovy. It was peace and love, that simple. I left knowing I would be back to replenish my soul with the spirit of Gatzke Orchards Woodstock Revival.”

Tickets for the revival are $60 for a three-day pass and $25 for a day pass, available at Gatzke Orchards, located on Pelmewash Parkway in Oyama, Lake Country, between Vernon and Kelowna. There is some camping and RV spots still available for the event. This is an-all ages event with activities planned for the kids.

More information is available at www.gatzkeorchard.com.

 

 

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