Manjimup Cherry Festival on this weekend

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Kurragullen brothers Elija (8) and Perryn (5) Squillace, show off dad Anthony's harvest of cherries for Christmas.
Camera IconKurragullen brothers Elija (8) and Perryn (5) Squillace, show off dad Anthony's harvest of cherries for Christmas. Credit: Sharon Smith

Those attending the Cherry Harmony Festival this weekend will not be disappointed with the attractions, with plenty there to keep the whole family entertained.

From old favourites such as the cherry pip-spitting competition and the fashion and grand parades, to new displays, festival-goers will have a variety of events and activities to choose from.

Foodies will have the chance to see guest chefs making use of local produce at the Southern Forests Food Avenue, with demonstrations from Masterchef’s Derek Lau and Wadandi food guru Josh Whiteland.

Those inspired to emulate the professionals will find a range of local produce along the avenue, alongside stalls selling food and gifts and providing information.

Thirsty guests can also sample some of the region’s wines in Coronation Park at the wine tasting stall.

For younger festival-goers the Manjin Park Kid’s zone will have several rides and attractions, including an inflatable squash court, face painting and a bouncy castle. Entry is by gold coin donation.

The Lions Train will also be running, departing from Toy World. Those looking for something more extreme can attend Ruckus Scooters’ workshop or a “jam session” for those who ride skateboards and BMX bikes.

Events for the whole family at this weekend's Cherry Festival.
Camera IconEvents for the whole family at this weekend's Cherry Festival. Credit: Tari Jeffers

The festival’s soundtrack will be provided by a local and visiting musical acts including Chain Reaction, Table for Two Trio, the Rogue Fez Ensemble, Elavina Williams, Sing Australia’s Manjimup group, Lucy Tartaglia, the Sykes Music School students and Josh Whiteland.

A number of performers will take the stages during the day including illusionist Pierre Ulric, The Cherry Fairies and the Bizircus Trio.

Roaming entertainment returns and people can look out for the Chicken Emporium, The Cherry Fairies, the Rogue Fez Ensemble and In The Pink.

Car and motorcycle enthusiasts will have a chance to see a collection of vintage vehicles and Harley-Davidsons on Giblett Street.

The log chopping contest returns to Coronation Park, and features Jake Dingle, who has competed at a national level, squaring off against local boy Luke Giblett and comeback kid Alex Ashcroft, making his return after successfully overcoming cancer.

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