The 16th annual Cherry Fair is set for Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its familiar stomping grounds.
It’s been two years since the Cherry Fair was held in its original home, the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna’s Cultural District. That was due to extensive renovations the city undertook on the building, which were completed last November.
Presented by the B.C. Orchard Industry Museum, while the Cherry Fair is returning to familiar territory, there will also be a few changes this year.
“We’re excited to take the Cherry Fair back this year and take advantage our beautiful new building,” said Jacqueline Salvino, marketing and special events coordinator for the Kelowna Museums.
“In honour of our new home, the Cherry Fair will be bigger and better than ever before.”
Admission to the Cherry Fair is $2 per person, or $5 per family.
“We want this event to be accessible to everyone,” said Jasmine Marshall, project lead on the event.
“We’re celebrating the season of the cherry and we’re inviting the whole community to come down and take part.”
As always, taking centre stage will be cherries.
Taste varieties grown and supplied by orchards up and down the Okanagan Valley.
Cherry suppliers will include Westbank Harvest, located in West Kelowna, PICO (Okanagan Plant Improvement Corporation) at the research station in Summerland, and more—but only time and the weather will tell for sure.
The Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative, which operates packinghouses across the Okanagan, will also have cherries of many varieties for fair goers to take home.
Other activities will include professional facepainting by CupCasions and Face to Face Facepainting, hands-on educational activities for children, a live beehive demonstration with Vic MacDonald of Bees Inc., and the Ogopogo Bouncy House (free of charge).
For more information call Jasmine Marshall at 778-478-0347 or email Orchard@KelownaMuseums.ca.