Fifty and not out! That’s Ficksburg’s Cherry Festival, which is celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year with a fresh, new and exciting programme and the promise of something for everyone.
The Cherry Festival is one of the jewels in the Eastern Free State’s crown and has grown from very modest beginnings in 1968 to one of the major events on the South African tourism calendar.
It is officially recognised as a major benefactor to the region, generating an input into the local economy in the region of R40-million, making it one of the most important events in the Free State.
It is also a major cultural event for Ficksburg and the whole Setsoto region, bringing with it a massive influx of visitors which delivers a huge boost to local economies and businesses within a 100-kilometre radius.
Festival-goers will enjoy an exhilarating, re-energized festival this year, with an array of fresh and very different exhibitors on hand to tempt and intrigue them.
Naturally, some of South Africa’s top musos, as well as some exciting up-and-coming artists, will be on hand to entertain the crowds.
So, welcome to Ficksburg! Enjoy your time with us as you check out all that our town and district have to offer.

— Johan du Toit, Chairman