Get your hat and cowboy boots on, and get ready to kick up your heels at the Down Home Country Cherryville Days.
The 48th annual event is packed full of family-fun events taking place Friday through Sunday in Cherryville, all under the Down Home Country theme.
“It’s a very community-minded event,” said chairperson Toby Marsh, adding that there is lots for the kids but something for everyone.
One highlight of the weekend is Cherryville’s (in)famous and hilarious outhouse races – which were started years ago as a bet between two guys and have since become a staple of the festival. The races spill through Hanson Park Saturday afternoon.
“More racers equals more laughs, and more fun for all. Show us your imagination and your sense of humour. Start building today,” said Twin Crapper 88 team eader, Wayne Cunneyworth.
Saturday also features the Cherryville Days parade, which will line up at the Emporium at 11:30 a.m. before taking off at noon. Parade categories are: best individual, best business, best theme and most original.
A returning highlight this year is the Miss Cherryville Pageant, with the help of emcee extraordinaire, Madame Colette Bosch.
Community-minded girls between the ages of five to 18 will make their presentations on the Hanson Park stage Saturday afternoon. Miss Cherryville and Little Miss Cherryville will be crowned on Sunday.
“I brought that back last year, it hadn’t been done for 34 years,” said Marsh. “The girls really like it.”
Over the weekend there are two opportunities for residents and visitors to get a little footloose. The family dance kicks off the festivities Friday at the Cherryville Community Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Dress up in your best down home, country costumes and enjoy this all-ages dance. Admission is by donation.
Popular local band, Crossfire, is confirmed to play the Saturday night adult dance. Tickets are $15 and available at Frank’s Store and The Emporium.
There will be a pancake breakfast in Hanson Park both mornings of the weekend.
Other fun activities include an Iron Chef Camp Cook-Off Competition – a new addition to the festivities. Teams will be given a campfire, table, knife, fork, spoon, bowl, cast-iron frying pan, and some secret ingredients, and 40 minutes to make a meal.Pre-registration is required by contacting Chelsea Bennett at 250-547-9308.
Anyone wanting to try their luck at beating the girls should be at the horseshoe pit at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Bandstand entertainment on Saturday afternoon will feature Ross Marshall’s band, A.S.H.
“Most people don’t know that this stands for ‘Acoustic Silver Hills Band’,” said Ross.
The Silver Hills Band was around years ago and was very popular and has been sadly missed. Fans will be very happy to see the talented Ross Marshall back in action with Dick Markin and Gerry Brunelle, as A.S.H.
Sunday’s line-up will include the Cherryville Gospel Church Band, and local Lumby-Cherryville band, Gallon’s Corner, which was a recent winner at the Our Kids Have Talent competition in Vernon.
Cherryville Days 2011 will also have a bake contest, kids’ colouring competition, goodie concession, kids zone, tea garden, beer garden, Sunday community dinner, and the Cherryville Farmers Market, which will be down in Hanson Park for the weekend.
For more information visit www.cherryville.net.