Cherry Festival 2016 — as new, fresh and exciting as tomorrow’s news

Fresh, new and as exciting as tomorrow’s news — this is the promise of one of the jewels in the Eastern Free State’s crown, the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, which this year will be staged for the 49th year in succession during November.
Yes, the Cherry Festival might well be looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, but despite its “venerable age”, there is definitely nothing fuddy-duddy about this popular event, as this year’s showcase is sure to prove.
This popular festival has grown from very modest beginnings in 1968 to one of the major events on the South African tourism calendar. As the oldest crop festival in the country, it has led where others have merely followed.
Visitors can look forward to an exciting, rejuvenated festival this year, with new and very different exhibitors making their appearance.
The annual Cherry Festival has been recognised by the Government 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.
It brings with it a major influx of visitors which delivers a huge boost to local economies and businesses within a 100-kilometre radius.
In addition, the Cherry Festival has a long and proud tradition of showcasing some of South Africa’s top entertainers and has seen many up-and-coming artists use it as a platform from which to launch their careers.
We welcome you to Ficksburg and invite you to enjoy your time with us as you sample all that our town and district have to offer.

— Johan du Toit, Chairman