Big cheer as cherry fes­ti­val sweet­ens town cal­en­dar

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

The Man­jimup Cherry Har­mony Fes­ti­val go­ing ahead as planned is sweet re­lief for every­one in­volved.

The event vol­un­teer com­mit­tee’s unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to hold the De­cem­ber event was made last week.

Fes­ti­val co­or­di­na­tor and chair­woman Pam Bodsworth said the com­mit­tee had been closely fol­low­ing the State Gov­ern­ment’s rec­om­men­da­tions.

“In the back­ground, we had con­tin­ued plan­ning,” she said.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant for the shire, tourism and for every­one who sup­ports the event, which is re­ally the whole town.

“Un­less the State Gov­ern­ment re­in­states tighter COVID restrictio­ns, we’re go­ing ahead.”

Trea­surer Franzine Karam­files said the com­mit­tee had been re­ceiv­ing many calls about the event and in­quired about ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“By bring­ing peo­ple here, we hope it can boost the econ­omy,” she said.

Chain Re­ac­tion has al­ready been con­firmed for the fes­ti­val, and Two Lit­tle Black­birds chef Joe Ditri has ex­pressed in­ter­est in hold­ing a masterclas­s.

The fes­ti­val’s grand pa­rade will re­turn, as well as the Man­jimup Art Com­pe­ti­tion and the Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion.

The an­nual fundrais­ing quiz held in Au­gust will not go ahead.

Visit the fes­ti­val web­site for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Man­jimup Cherry Har­mony Fes­ti­val chair­woman and fes­ti­val co­or­di­na­tor Pam Bodsworth and trea­surer Franzine Karam­files cel­e­brate the de­ci­sion to hold the 2020 fes­ti­val in De­cem­ber.

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