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Cherry Festival this Saturday in NOTL
Volunteers sell fresh, local cherries from Quiet Acres Farms at the annual Cherry Festival. SOMER SLOBODIAN

The popular idiom “cherry on top” describes something that is already good as even better, or perfect.

The folks at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake couldn’t agree more when it comes to their annual Cherry Festival.

This Saturday, July 6 the parish will once again pay tribute to the small juicy stone fruit in a day-long celebration that is focused on community and summer fun.

“People are just so happy the day of the festival,” said organizer Andrea Douglas.

“They are smiling, their families are together or they have come with friends. It is just a very relaxed summer celebration day of fun and fellowship.”

The festival boasts a barbecue, live music and a Haute Emporium that will feature things such as high-end clothing, jewelry and pieces of art.

There will also be a children’s play area, a bake sale and “new this year is the Cherry Festival cookbook with beloved recipes from the church members,” said Douglas.

All items are donated to the church by members of the church and the public.

“There are a lot of generous people in town who give us wonderful things to sell,” she said. “We are very careful that they are quality items.”

“But the stars of the show are our cherry pies,” she adds. “Every year there is a line up for them and they sell very quickly. They are delicious.”

A total of 647 cherry pies will be for sale, both fresh and frozen, all baked by church parishioners.

The day will start at 9 a.m. and run to 3 p.m., rain or shine.

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