BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — A parade, pickleball, pies and performers are slated for the 37th annual Whitehouse Cherry Fest.
The festival, held Thursday June 6 through Saturday, June 8 in Whitehouse Park, will attract an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 people, said Anthony Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce president Josh Torres.
Thursday, June 6 brings the opening of the 15 large amusement rides and midway, along with Miss Cherry Blossom and Miss Cherry Queen contests. A Military Night fundraiser for Veterans Memorial Park and H.O.O.V.E.S. is available for ages 18 and older in the beer tent, for $25.00.
On Friday, June 7, the festival is open noon to 11:00 p.m. Entertainment is planned throughout the day, wrapping up with classic rock band Sugar Daddie$ in the Beer Garden from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Julie’s Fitness Studio is hosting the fourth annual Cherry Festival Run at 6:00 p.m. Run or walk 10K or 5K, or take the 1K kids’ fun run. After the race, meet wildlife education ambassadors and win a chance at raffle prizes in this fundraiser for Nature’s Nursery.
On Saturday, June 8, the rides and midway open at noon. The parade steps off at 1:00 p.m. with grand marshal Ed Kaplan and the Anthony Wayne Marching Generals leading the way through downtown.
Whitehouse Historical Society will have the log house open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop in to learn more about a Whitehouse School movie being made to celebrate the 87-year-old school before it is demolished next year.
From 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, the American Red Cross will stationed at Hope United Methodist Church, 10610 Waterville St., to accept blood donations. For information visit RedCrossBlood .org or call (800) 733-2767.
For those who want to learn a new sport that doesn’t draw blood, stop by the pickleball courts in the park at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday for Pickleball and Potluck. Local players will share food and tips on the sport, providing extra rackets for those who want to try playing. For details, contact Jordan Donley through Whitehouse Pickleball on Facebook.
The evening wraps up with Fu5ion, a party band that blends pop, R&B, jazz, rock and country from different eras, performing in the beer tent from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Other entertainment slated for the festival includes: Abbi Gale Rose, Three Too Many, Kaiden Chase and Big C, EZ Pickenz, Bliss and Renegade Lemonade.
The weekend wraps up on Saturday evening with fireworks at dusk.
For details, see www.awchamber.com.