Fancy a cherry
It’s Cherry fever in Ficksburg on 19-21 November when the town hosts its longest running crop festival in South Africa – The Cherry Festival.
Ficksburg nestles between the foot of the Imperani Mountains and the banks of the Caledon River and is known as the gateway to Lesotho and the Katse Dam. Ficksburg economy is based on mixed agriculture concentrating mainly on asparagus, cherries and deciduous fruits and at present apples.
But Ficksburg is chiefly the cherry capital of the world highlighted through the estimated 500 hectares of cherry trees in the Eastern Free State concentrated mainly in Ficksburg as well as Clocolan and Fouriesberg area. As well as its annual Cherry Festival which attracts crowds of people who flock to the town of Ficksburg in their thousands to visit the festival which was held for the first time in 1968.
The launching of the festival saw a street parade through the town, a Cherry Ball and the crowning of a Cherry Queen. Nowadays the festival has game and farm tours, exhibitors of jam stands, arts and crafts, workshops, soccer tournaments and kids entertainment of face painting and donkey rides.
The festival also incorporates the Cherry Jazz Fest, a one day event that starts in the late afternoon and carries on till the early hours of the next morning and last year it saw Jazz giants such as Don Laka, Vusi Mahlasela along with musicians Thandiswa Mazwai, Zahara and Mi Casa taking to the Ficksburg show grounds in performance.