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Cherry Fest returns to Whitehouse for 38th year

The biggest city-wide event of the year is back with cherry-love for everyone.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:56 AM EDT
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WHITEHOUSE, Ohio (WTVG) - The 38th Annual Cherry Fest will bring the sights and smells of the carnival back to Whitehouse, starting tonight at 6 p.m.

The festival is making a return from Thursday-Saturday with carnival rides, live music, prizes, a citywide parade down Main Street, and delicious festival food, ranging from hot dogs on a stick to pizza, lemonade, adult beverages, and funnel cake.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Whitehouse Park Pavilion, followed by a Military Appreciation Night ceremony at 6:30 p.m. behind the Whitehouse Legion. The Whitehouse Fire 125th Anniversary Recognition will be at 6 p.m. Friday.

A 5k race, sponsored by Julie’s Fitness, gets started at 6 p.m. Friday. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday, and the Cherry Pie Eating Contest at 2 p.m.

The festival originated from the city’s love for the cherry bloom trees that bloom each year, planted by the Chamber of Commerce, and there will be plenty of cherry love to go around.

“We have cherry pies every year. One of the big things we do with those is there’s a cherry pie eating contest that’s always fun. People get their face messy digging into the pies with their faces only,” said Zak Weimer, Chairman of the Board of the Anthony Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Council. “There will be cherry turnovers for sale, and then the local businesses get involved as well. General’s Ice Cream right here in town do cherry slushes, cherry sundaes.”

The event was cancelled last year and it was a down to the wire this year, as the Chamber of Commerce didn’t even know if it was possible with the statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

“For our chamber it’s a really big deal actually, the Cherry Fest is our biggest event of the year in terms of revenue and just planning. We spend most of our year doing this,” said Weimer. “Unfortunately this year, we didn’t really know until the last couple of months here because of COVID restrictions, so it’s a really tight turnaround to get this planned and put together in a quick turnaround.”

And with the presenting sponsor, Steven Rogers Ford, the team made it happen. There will be no mask or social distancing restrictions, and they will have sanitizing stations set up around the park, but they do encourage people to bring their own.

The event goes from Thursday-Saturday, with the parade Saturday at 2 p.m. followed by the pie-eating contest. There is no cost to enter.

Whitehouse Cherry Fest

Thursday 6-11 p.m.

Friday 1-11 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Rides:

Individual ride tickets can be purchased or unlimited use wrist bands will be offered at the below pricing:

Thursday 6-10 p.m., $16

Friday 1-5 p.m., $12 or 1-11 p.m., $20

Saturday 12– 10 p.m., $20

Beer/Wine Tent:

Thursday and Friday nights, 5:30-11 p.m

Live Music on two stages:

PAVILION Stage: (free)

Friday

1-3 p.m., Wes Waters

3-5 p.m., Terry Baker & Charlie Oswanski

5-8 p.m., Bliss

Saturday

3-5 p.m., Julie Thorout & John Barile

5-8 p.m.,EZ Pickenz

BLUE Stage: Beer & Wine Garden

(wristband/cover charge)

Friday

5-7 p.m., Hector Mendoza

7-11 p.m., Sugar Daddy$

Saturday

5-7 p.m., Chris Shutters Duo

7-11 p.m., Distant Cousinz

More info can be found at, www.awchamber.com/cherry-fest.html

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