Young’s cherry harvest is well underway with good quality fruit in big quantities as the town readies to celebrate the 66th National Cherry Festival this coming week.
Organizers are predicting another fantastic three day harvest festival which is expected to attract big crowds to the town over the weekend of December 4, 5 and 6.
The festival starts on Friday at 5.30pm with live music, the presentation of Cherry Queen entrants Kate Edwards, Clare Palmer and April Strong, coronation of the Cherry and Charity Queens with the night ending in a brilliant fireworks display.
The queen entrants have represented Young well and worked hard to raise funds for their causes; LFE Ageing in Place Project, Young Hospital and the Mercy Care Centre.
Saturday will see buskers, market stalls, farmers markets, live bands, performers, orchard tours, the Hilltops Heritage Rally featuring historic machinery, the iconic pie eating championships, Young Cherry Festival Car show, Lego Expo, the celebrated street parade and Celtic tattoo themed Spectacular offer a smorgasbord of entertainment to please all tastes and ages.
The night program features top Australian artist Christine Anu in concert at Young Services Club, Bush Poets reciting at the Golf Club and Harry Hookey performing at Art of Espresso (bookings required for all three), while Australian Idol star Luke Dickens is one of the artists scheduled to perform in Anderson Park.
Due to popular demand the market stalls have been extended to include Sunday, with a handmade and hand produced market taking place in Anderson Park alongside the program of Big Breakfast, adult and junior bush poets, working kelpies and the popular cherry Pip Split.
Through the festival, cherries will be front and centre stage of the festival this year and there is plenty of quality fruit being harvested with a number of orchards offering the popular pick your own cherry experience this year.
There’s also the invitation to sample wines at local cellar doors and visit some of the town’s best known attractions like the Chinese Tribute Garden and the Lambing Flat Folk Museum and the local wineries offering weekend wine tasting.
“We have planned so many events,” said Mr Newberry. “It’s going to great and we extend a warm invitation to everyone to join us in Young on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for our cherry festival.”
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