Organisers announce changes to Young’s National Cherry Festival

Mel Ford, Emma Hill and Audrey Liu with this year's National Cherry Festival programs at the Young Information Centre.
Mel Ford, Emma Hill and Audrey Liu with this year's National Cherry Festival programs at the Young Information Centre.

The beginning of November in Young means two things – it’s almost cherry season, and the National Cherry Festival is only weeks away.

Festival organisers have announced a few changes to this year’s 69th annual edition.

A bigger emphasis has been placed on promoting Young’s business community by taking Friday night’s events to Boorowa Street, and the Cherry Queen coronation will take place following Saturday afternoon’s street parade.

On Friday night, Boorowa Street will shut from Lynch Street to Clarke Street to create an expected hive of activity with two stages and heaps of live entertainment on offer.

Anderson Park will have amusements, lazer tag and a fireworks display to wrap up Friday night’s activities.

On Saturday, the Cherry Queen will be crowned after the street parade in front of a bumper crowd at the Town Hall stage about 5pm. 

National Cherry Festival Committee President, Caitlin Sheehan says organisers are hugely excited for this year’s event and hopes the community supports the changes to the program.

“The committee is excited about the changes to this year’s festival. We’re expecting it all to go well and hope the community is just as excited for the festival as we are,” Ms Sheehan said.

“Friday night is all about locals and the local business community. We’re encouraging businesses to stay open till 9pm.”

The region’s best produce and around 80 market stalls will set up at Anderson Park on Saturday morning, the ever-popular cherry-pie eating competition is on again, as is the massed pipes and drums spectacular. 

Cherries are expected to sell fast at the markets however orchard tours will be running on Saturday, December 1.

Ms Sheehan said organisers “love” this year’s program which is available throughout the Hilltops region.

“We expect to draw a huge crowd of around 20,000 over the three days, which is amazing,” she said.

Programs can be downloaded from the website and are available at the Young and Boorowa Information Centres.

The National Cherry Festival begins on Friday, November 30 and ends on Sunday, December 2.