EXPECT an upbeat, fun vibe as the National Cherry Festival celebrates a 70-year anniversary on December 6, 7 and 8.
One of Australia's best known harvest festivals is expected to attracted thousands of people to Young in the Hilltops Region of Southern NSW.
The festival brings together people of many nationalities, ages, backgrounds and beliefs as they seize the opportunity to take part in the cherry harvest and immerse themselves in the town's friendly hospitality.
The National Cherry Festival has become a landmark tradition in rural Australia and at the 70th festival this year there is plenty of activity on the program to please all tastes.
The festival begins outdoors on Friday night with live music and a fireworks display.
The Saturday program offers an interesting range of activities with buskers, market and produce stalls, entertainment, live bands, and iconic features like the cherry pie eating competition.
The day's activity peaks with one of the state's longest street parades, followed by the queen/king coronation.
Pick cherries in a local orchard and enjoy award winning wines on a visit through the local cellar doors and wineries. Catch up on some local history at the museum and the Chinese Tribute Garden.
This year there is a Hilltops Heritage Rally at Carrington Park featuring Australian made historic machinery, tractors, trucks, steam and stationary engines and market stalls
Sunday's program centres at the park with a Big Breakfast, bush poets, working dog demonstrations, cherry pip spit competition, wood chopping and the Home Grown Produce and Home-Made Craft Market.
The Young business community has been congratulated for their staunch support of the festival in this Jubilee Year.
While organisers expect many interstate and overseas visitors, a big attendance of day trippers from Sydney, Canberra, Wagga, Orange, Goulburn, Griffith and Dubbo will attend too.
The organisers of this year's event would love you to come to the festival and we hope you have a blast and cannot wait for action to start. Visitors are urged to get involved in everything that's have planned over the weekend. Don't hold back, just go with the flow.
Ditch the car and use our continuous courtesy bus which will pick up on a loop from the Showground, Caravan Park and Library and don't forget the Big Breakfast on Sunday morning in Anderson Park.
For more information about all the amazing things to see and do at the festival, visit: www.nationalcherryfestival.com.au.