Cherry Fair keeps activities diverse


Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 2.39.49 PMCOVE — The Cherry Fair is a staple event in the Cove community every year. That could be due to the sheer number of activities from which people can choose to participate in.

The diverse selection of activities includes live music, a fun run, hot air balloons and entertaining contests, to name a few.

“The fair officially starts during the parade, but we will get started pretty early with a few other things,” said Cindy Edwards, who has organized the fair.

A pancake breakfast will take place at the Founders Hall from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A Fun Run also starts at 7 a.m., followed by hot air balloon lifts starting at 8 a.m.

“(The balloon lifts) will go until they run out of propane,” Edwards said. “That’s usually by 10 a.m.”

Yard sales will be hosted across Cove throughout the day.

The fair officially kicks off with a parade led by grand marshals Bob and Linda Myers at 10 a.m.

Immediately following the parade, Melissa and Doug will play folk music for children.

There will be a presentation of the flag and the National Anthem at 11 a.m. A local Irish music band called Moody Brews will perform at noon, and Tylor and the Train Robbers will take the stage at 2 p.m.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the bulk of the activities will be in full swing. Those include a National Guard obstacle course, a Kiddie Carnival, vendors and blacksmithing demonstrations.

“We’ll have all kinds of little contests on the day of the fair,” Edwards said.

Old-time contests include whistling, pie eating, pit spitting, animal imitating, bubblegum blowing and cherry carrying. There will also be a water balloon toss, three-legged race and wheelbarrow race. The times of those activities will be posted at the fair.

While the festival is designed for family entertainment, a beer garden has been added for the adults this year.

“We don’t have to sneak beer in anymore,” Edwards said.Cove

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