The Hilltops region celebrated the 69th National Cherry Festival over the weekend.
The days and nights were (cherry) jam packed with amazing events catering to all tastes, so there was something for everyone. From the Friday night carnival ending in glittering fireworks to the incredible display of produce at the markets to the outstanding talent showcased in the exhibitions, the Hilltops put on its best display for locals and visitors alike.
The street parade provided an impressive line up of well decorated floats, with the winners being:
Best Cherry – Young North Public School
Funniest Float – Hilltops Equine Centre
Business House – Harvey Norman Young
Best School – St Mary’s Primary School Young
Community Group – Young Girl Guides
Walking Bands – The Scots School Bathurst & Lithgow Pipes & Drums
After a fantastic fundraising effort from both entrants, Amelia Everdell was named Cherry and Charity Queen. Clare Grantham was named the first National Cherry Festival Princess.
There was great skill demonstrated at the Cherry Pip Spitting Competition, with contestants reaching great distances. The winners were Nate Mallett for the Juniors at 4.95m, Cherie McAllister for the Ladies at 8.39m and Jeff Perron for the Men’s at 16.32m.
Next year’s Cherry Festival will be held from Friday the 6th of December to Sunday the 8th of December.
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