2019 National Cherry Festival guide: all you need to know

Young's biggest weekend of the year is here.

Three action-packed days of entertainment in the Cherry Capital marks a milestone 70th National Cherry Festival.

Live music, homegrown produce, Hilltops wines and of course Young's famous cherries will again be the highlight.

Anderson Park will be a hive of activity beginning Friday night with bands on stage, amusements, rides and fireworks display.

Will the longest pip-spit record be broken again this year?

Who will be the 2019 Cherry Pie Eating Champion?

Who will be crowned Cherry Queen or King?

And the big question, how fast can you pick a lug of cherries?

Programs are available at many spots around town, including the Young Visitor Information Centre.

National Cherry Festival events

Friday, December 6

Event program

  • 5pm Official opening, Anderson Park main stage
  • 5.15pm Young High School Music Ensembles, Anderson Park main stage
  • 6.05pm Kahuna Duo, Anderson Park main stage
  • 6.30pm Rotary Ham Wheel, Anderson Park main stage
  • 6.50pm Harry Cleverdon, Anderson Park main stage
  • 7.35pm Kahuna Duo, Anderson Park main stage
  • 9pm Fireworks, Anderson Park

Saturday, December 7

All day activities

  • 8am-4pm Young and region farmers markets in conjunction with the National Cherry Festival market stalls, Anderson Park
  • 8am-3.30pm AutoPro National Cherry Festival Car Show, Auto Pro
  • 9am-5pm Hilltops Heritage Rally, Carrington Park
  • 10am-4pm Lambing Flat Folk Museum, Campbell Street
  • 10:30am- 5:30pm Quick Shear, Young Services Club

Event program

  • 8am Young Public School Band, Anderson Park
  • 8.50am Christine Wishart Dance Studio, Anderson Park
  • 9.25am Young Town Band, Anderson Park
  • 10.05am Leanne Simms Dance Academy, Anderson Park
  • 10:40am Socially Excited, Anderson Park
  • 11:30am James Cahill, Anderson Park
  • 12:05pm Harry Cleverdon, Anderson Park
  • 12:50pm Announcement of the Cherry Growers Display Winners, Anderson Park
  • 12:50pm Busking competition results and performance, Anderson Park
  • 2pm Live entertainment, Anderson Park
  • 2.30pm Cherry Pie Eating Championships, Anderson Park
  • 2.30pm Massed Pipes and Drums Spectacular, Boorowa Street
  • 4pm National Cherry Festival Street Parade, Boorowa Street
  • 5.30pm Cherry Queen/King Coronation, Anderson Park
  • 5.30pm Sudds and Gumble, Anderson Park
  • 6pm Street parade winner, Anderson Park
  • 6.05pm Phat Brass, Anderson Park
  • 6.40pm Sudds and Gumble, Anderson Park
Maja Ginn, 2, enjoying some lovely ripe cherries from Hillview Cherry Orchards. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Maja Ginn, 2, enjoying some lovely ripe cherries from Hillview Cherry Orchards. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Sunday, December 8

Event program

  • 7am Donges Supa IGA Big Breakfast, Anderson Park
  • 8am Bush poets, Anderson Park
  • 8am-2pm Handmade home grown produce and craft market, Anderson Park
  • 10am Lambing Flat Fellowship of Australian Writers Competition announcement, Anderson Park
  • 10am Hawkesbury working kelpies demonstrations, Anderson Park
  • 11am Cherry pip-spit competition, Anderson Park
  • 12noon Hilltops wine tastings, regional cellar door, Visitor Information Centre

What's on around Hilltops

There's so much happening over the next three days.

Art exhibition now open

If you enjoy art, don't forget to visit the 38th Annual Cherry Festival Competitive Art Exhibition which opened at Young Town Hall on Wednesday night.

The exhibition will be run throughout the week, closing on Sunday.

Music, music, music

Music is always a big feature of the National Cherry Festival with buskers, special artists and musicians on all festival stages.

There are also two choral performances on the Sunday of the festival.

Be sure to catch Carols by Choirs by the Young Regional School of Music at St Mary's Church on Sunday at 2pm, plus Hark Hilltops Hallelujah at St John's Anglican Church at 3pm.

New visitor guide launched

The second ever Hilltops Visitor Guide was launched on the web this week with all the latest information on our beautiful towns and villages.

Hard copies of the guide are expected to be available soon with an official guide launch is planned.


  • Ongoing: Young Society of Exhibition featuring Jackie Whiting, Burrangong Art Gallery at Young Visitor Information Centre. Open seven days, free entry.
  • December 5-8: 22nd Annual Cherry Festival Photographic Competition Exhibition. Open from November 30 to Sunday, December 8.
  • December 5-8: Hanging of the Quilts at Millards Centre, Boorowa Street, Young.
  • December 6: Take 5 on Friday Concert series at Young's Library with St Mary's Primary School choir, free concert, 12.30pm to 1pm, all welcome.
  • Australia's most loved and successful country group, The McClymonts return to the road in 2019 with their "One Acoustic Night" tour, featuring their most loved hits performed in a stripped back acoustic setting. he show is this Friday night at Young Services Club from 7pm.
  • December 6, 7, 8: 70th National Cherry Festival at Young, NSW.
  • December 6-8: ADVENT ART Exhibition and Film, St John's Anglican Church, Cloete St. Enquiries: 6382 1811.
  • December 7: Young and Regional Farmers Market - Anderson Park with a myriad of fruits, wines and local produce.