Media Release – Wednesday 10 October 2012

With cherry season almost upon us, the town of Young in NSW is gearing up to celebrate the arrival of its most precious crop with its annual National Cherry Festival, to be held from Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December 2012.

Now in its 63rd year, the 2012 festival is ‘jam’ packed with events and activities for all tastes and ages.  This year’s theme — celebrating the Australian Year of the Farmer — ensures a range of attractions highlighting Young’s role as the ‘Cherry Capital of Australia’, as well as other types of food, wine and fibre coming from the hilltops region.

“From live music and fireworks, to shearing displays and the fresh produce at our farmers markets, this year’s festival promises something for everyone,” said Claire Myers, Marketing Officer at the Young Visitor Centre and Treasurer of the National Cherry Festival Committee.

“All of our popular cherry-themed events are back.  Visitors will be able to pick their own cherries on an orchard tour, see how they fare in the Wilders Bakery Cherry Pie Eating competition, and then have a go in the cherry pip spitting contest,” she continued.

Other festival highlights include the Woolworths Cherry Festival Street Parade — one of the largest and longest standing street parades in regional Australia — as well as the announcement of the Cherry and Charity Queens for 2012.

“More than 10,000 visitors attended last year’s festival, and as a flagship event for Young tourism, we’re excited once again to showcase our town to this year’s festival visitors,” she concluded.

WHAT:           The 63rd National Cherry Festival

WHY:               To celebrate the harvest of Young’s best known crop, cherries

WHERE:         Young, NSW — the Cherry Capital of Australia

WHEN:            Friday 30 November – Sunday 2 December 2012

The full program, including fringe events which are happening in and around Young over the festival period, can be found at http://www.visityoung.com.au/pages/2012-cherry-festival/.

For more information on Young including accommodation options and other attractions go to www.visityoung.com.au.

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