One of the most unusual celebrations in the agricultural world, the Ficksburg Cherry Festival in South Africa celebrates the crop for which the region is known.
From November 20th–22nd, up to 30,000 thousand people are expected to descend upon the town of Ficksburg, in the Eastern Free State.
Ficksburg and the surrounding areas produces 95 per cent of the country”s cherry harvest, which amounts to some 5,000 tons grown from more than 500 hectares of orchards.
German missionaries introduced cherries to South Africa in 1905. This is the festival”s 40th year and the area has long-since established itself among the major fruit-growing regions of the world.
As might be expected for a town that has thrived on this particularly industry for more than a century, Ficksburg”s tourist attractions have a cherry theme. Visitors can take a trip along the Cherry Trail and large numbers of people visit in the Autumn to see the beautiful trees in full bloom.
The region is also know for growing asparagus, but since it doesn”t lend itself to deserts, pies, puddings and sodas the idea of a festival devoted to the green vegetable seems not to have caught on.
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