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The town of Omak Washington has a population of about 4,650, it's the largest town In Okanogan County. Omak is the home of the World Famous Stampede Rodeo and Suicide Race. This event is held the second weekend of August, since 1933.  Omak offers year around events. During spring time, visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, golf, hiking, apple blossoms, mushroom hunting, photography, and many festivals. The Christmas Festival joins several other annual traditions in Omak, including the Stampede Cowboy Poetry show in March. 

The annual Western Art Show is held in conjunction with the Stampede and World Famous Suicide Race, which is always the second weekend in August. Omak has been a rodeo town almost since it's beginning. In the early days, every Saturday night settlers and Native Americans gathered from miles around. Horse races took place down a dusty Main Street and bucking horse contests were held in a crude canvas arena. The event features four rodeo performances followed by the World Famous Suicide Race, where horse and rider race down a steep embankment and cross the Okanogan River for the push to the finish line.

Omak Lake located just a few miles east offers 3200 acres of fun filled water activities. The lake was planted with Lahontan cutthroat trout in the 1970s. Great sandy beaches with plenty of room for water skiing, swimming and sun bathing. The lake lies within the Colville Indian Reservation anglers must obtain a tribal fishing permit. Permits are available from various Okanogan area businesses.

Just a few miles north of Omak is perhaps one of the most important towns in Okanogan County's early day history, Riverside is still a picturesque town as it sits nestled beside the Okanogan river. Paddle wheeled steam boats chugged up the Columbia river from Wenatchee continuing their journey up the sometimes barely navigable waters of the Okanogan river, stopping to unload their merchandise at Riverside.

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