National Cherry Festival Scores First Entrant

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

IMAGE: Young’s Kim Evers signs up to compete for the title of 2022 Cherry Queen.

The National Cherry Festival has secured its first entrant to the 2022 Cherry King and Queen Competition from right here in the Hilltops.

Kim Evers grew up in Young admiring the effort that went into the Cherry Queen competition each year. “When I saw there were no entrants this year, I decided it was time for me to have a go and try to contribute to one of the local charities,” Ms Evers said.

“I chose Riding for the Disabled - Young branch. One of my sons has had the opportunity to attend some of their school-based riding programs and it helped him develop a lot of self-confidence and encouraged him to try new activities and experiences.”

“He was diagnosed in the autistic spectrum when he was starting primary school and it mostly shows in his social and creative skills. Over the years, we’ve been able to create a stable and structured daily routine and he’s thrived because of it. He’s now in Year 11 and is interested in IT.”

Ms Evers hopes to be a positive ambassador for Young if she is crowned 2022 Cherry Queen.

A representative from the National Cherry Festival Committee said it was great to secure their first entrant for 2022. “We are excited to see how many entrants we will receive,” the representative said.

“Men and women aged 18 and over living within the Hilltops Region can be a part of the competition. Local charities and not-for-profit groups benefit from this competition, we would love to have several entrants on board, it’s not too late to enter.”

Anyone considering entering the competition can collect an information pack from the Young Visitor Information Centre. Competition guidelines can also be downloaded from the National Cherry Festival website at

KP Carmody

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