Plenty of fun to be had at Cherry fest

Tari JeffersThe West Australian
2017 Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival MCs Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd, Jon Doust and Jordan Piggott.
Camera Icon2017 Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival MCs Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd, Jon Doust and Jordan Piggott. Credit: Tari Jeffers

The 17th annual Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival is almost here and will feature a range of new and staple entertainment to delight festival-goers.

Chairwoman Pam Bodsworth said the festival would include about 130 stallholders in addition to street theatre, live entertainment, exclusive events, displays and workshops.

“Come along and enjoy some family fun,” Mrs Bodsworth said.

“This is an event by the community, for the community and without the community, it doesn’t happen.”

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Highlights at this year’s festival includes the Royal Australian Navy Band, former WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan’s band The Filth, the fashion parade, the cherry pip-spitting competition, the main parade and special guest Theo Kalogeracos.

Other musical talent at the festival will include Table for Two Trio, DJ Rev, Manjimup Singers and Elavina.

Displays at this year’s festival will include a photography competition, quilt competition and a Kristoffersson furniture display.

Competitions include the cherry pie making competition, cake decorating competition, children’s colouring in competition, best window display, Cherry Blossoms competition and the inaugural 2019 art exhibition.

MCs Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd and John Doust will this year be joined by former Manjimup-Bridgetown Times sales executive Courtney Monahan.

Activities for the youth include a scooter workshop and jam session, a squash court, laser tag, bouncy castles, camels and the Lions train.

One of the brand-new events at this year’s festival will be the Genuinely Extraordinary Cherry Festival Food and Farm Tour, which will include a visit to several farms in the region.

Tickets for the four-hour tour from 8.45am to 12.45pm on December 9 are $97.

Mrs Bodsworth said the festival had grown “remarkably” over the years and was thanks to the festival volunteers and those who helped on the day.

“It has become an icon of the area,” she said.

“We also have to thank the Manjimup SES and the St John Ambulance volunteers, they provide an invaluable service.”

For more information, visit cherryfestival.com.au.

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