The 69th National Cherry Festival is on this weekend.
Thousands of people are expected to visit Young over the three days to celebrate the annual event. There are numerous events over the weekend celebrating the cherry and showcasing the best the region has to offer.
The Wilders Bakery Cherry Pie Eating Championships always attracts a large crowd to see who can polish off the pies quickest. Entries are taken on the day and registrations begin at 2pm. There are great prizes to be won with $100 for the Junior winner and $250 for the Senior. The Championships take place between 2.30pm and 3.30pm and are held at Anderson Park. Numbers are limited so make sure you get in quick.
The Street Parade is a highlight of the Festival. Decorated floats will line Boorowa Street from 4pm. This year’s theme is all about the cherry. Categories include Best Themed, Funniest, Best School, Best Community Group, Best Band and Best Business House. Winners will be announced at 7.15pm at the Town Hall Stage.
This year the Cherry Queen Coronation Ceremony will take place on Saturday evening following the Street Parade at the Town Hall Stage at 5pm. The two entrants this year are Amelia Everdell and Clare Grantham. Both work in Young and both have been busy holding events to raise funds for their chosen charities. Amelia is raising funds for CanAssist and Clare is raising funds for Young Community Chest. The Queen who raises the most money for their charity will be crowned Charity Queen. Both Queens have been attending events and have put together a portfolio highlighting their journey. The Queens are judged at these events and the Queen with the most points will be crowed Cherry Queen. Both men and women with a passion for the region are encouraged to apply for next year’s Festival.
The Massed Pipes and Drums Spectacular will bring the Celtic to Young starting at 5.30pm at the Town Hall Stage. Three bands will be taking part in the Spectacular, the Scots School Pipes and Drums Band, the Canobolas Highland Pipe Band and the Canberra Celtic Pipe Band and Dance School. Each band will perform on their own before coming together to perform as one in a massive spectacular. An event not to be missed.
Sunday will see the Valley Fresh Cherry Pip Spit Competition take place in Anderson Park. Once again great prizes are on offer with the Junior’s winner receiving $50 and the Ladies and Men’s winners receiving $100. Registrations begin at 10.30am. Come and see who can spit the pip the furthest!