BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — Veterans, the Marching Generals, runners and kids of all ages will converge on the streets of Whitehouse for the 37th annual Cherry Fest on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 6-8.
“We expect 5,000 to 8,000 visitors through the event,” said Anthony Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce president Josh Torres.
Expect the favorites – cherry pie, great entertainment, kids’ activities and 15 large amusement rides plus a midway with games.
The Cherry Fest kicks off on Thursday, June 7 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. A Military Appreciation Night begins in the Beer Garden at 6:30, with premium appetizers, drinks and auctions to support Veterans Memorial Park and H.O.O.V.E.S. (Healing of Our Veterans Through Equine Services). Tickets are $25.00 for 18 and older.
“We’ll be honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day,” said organizer Stephanie Phillips. “Just come have a good time and raise money for Veterans Memorial Park and H.O.O.V.E.S.”
At 7:00 p.m., girls ages 6-18 will converge on the park pavilion for the Little Miss Cherry Blossom, Junior Miss Cherry Blossom and Miss Cherry Queen contests.
On Friday, June 7, the festival is open noon to 11:00 p.m. Entertainment is planned throughout the day, wrapping up with classic rock band Sugar Daddie$ 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 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.
For those who want to learn a new sport, 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.
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 of Distant Cousinz, EZ Pickenz, Bliss and Renegade Lemonade.