Media Release – 9 November 2011

Young’s five Cherry Queen entrants for 2011 were in Sydney today for the famous annual first case of cherries auction, which raised $65,000 for charity.

“We love sending our past Cherry Queen and current Cherry Queen entrants from Young to Sydney for this fabulous event which traditionally raises big money for charities in need,” said Claire Myers, Marketing Officer at the Young Visitor Centre.

“Not only do the Cherry Queens do a great job raising money for charity, but it’s also a great kick start to the cherry season in Young with many of the orchards having cherries available from today.

“Today’s auction was also the last official engagement for the 2010 Cherry Queen, Bec Calvert,” she continued.

Organisers of the first case of cherries auction were pleased with the money raised this morning at the Sydney Markets at Flemington. The proceeds will go to Save our Sons and Sydney Markets’ Foundation charities. The event was supported by the NSW Cherry Growers Association.

The Young district produces a large amount of Australia’s cherries, approximately 600,000 cases per year. Young cherries are available from today until the mid to end of December, and are shipped throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Young’s famous National Cherry Festival will be held on 2 – 4 December. The full 2011 National Cherry Festival program is available for download now via at http://visityoung.com.au/pages/national-cherry-festival/

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

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