Volunteer couple bananas about cherries

The 16th annual Cherry Fair was held at the B.C. Orchard Industry Museum on Saturday.

For Susan and David Shaw, it was an eighth straight year helping the cause.

The couple arrived in Kelowna in 2003 and have been volunteering ever since.

Susan said this year’s turnout was nothing short of impressive.

“This year is huge compared to last year,” Susan said.

“The last two years they were renovating and we were outside. We didn’t nearly have the turnout and we didn’t have the same number of vendors, so this is huge.

“This is bigger than any year that I’ve seen.”

The B.C. Orchard Industry Museum offered cherry tasting, a bouncy castle and free crafts.

A number of vendors also had additional services, such as face painting, to compliment the Cherry Fair.

Susan’s love for cherries stems from early on in her childhood—she grew up on a cherry farm in the Niagra region.

Along with the Cherry Fair, she and David volunteer with the Apple Fair and Wine Festival as well.

“The wine festival (initially) got us interested. Once it got us hooked, the apples and cherries just came along with us.”

Susan said Saturday’s crowd consisted of mostly families and people looking for bing cherries.

“A bing cherry was one of the really good black cherries that came along a long time ago. Over the years they’ve developed split-resistant cherries and heartier cherries.”

Susan said her favourite cherry is the lapin variety; however, she is also fond of the titan cherry, a crowd favourite at this year’s Cherry Fair.

David said that he is fond of all cherries.

“I’ve always liked cherries; I haven’t met a cherry I didn’t like,” said David.

David and Susan said that their move to Kelowna wasn’t so different than living in Ontario, but there were some definite benefits.

“We lived in the Niagra region. It had the fruit and the lakes and the wines and the produce in the summer,” she said.

“(Kelowna) is very much like that, but no humidity and no bugs,” said David.

Susan and David agreed that they learn something new about cherries every year.




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