GRANGER - The 61st annual Cherry Festival in Granger kicks off this Friday, April 24, with a carnival that begins at noon and lasts until Sunday, April 26, to 10 p.m.
The carnival will be held downtown on Main Street between Second and Third streets.
Several activities are planned for the festival, including a parade, free entertainment and a fishing derby.
The Cherry Festival Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, in front of Roosevelt Elementary School on Bailey Avenue. The parade will make its way down Sunnyside Avenue and then turn onto Main Street. Judging for the floats and other entries begins at 9:45 a.m.
Right after the parade the different royalty courts will gather at the Lion's Club in Granger for a luncheon.
On Saturday and Sunday bands will provide live music at City Center Park, next to the carnival. Entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 6 p.m. on Saturday and continue at 1 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Also on Sunday a fishing derby will be held at Hisey Park starting at 7 a.m. It will cost $7 to register and the first place prize will be $150. Second place will receive $75 and the third place winner receives a tackle box full of fishing gear.
Mero Valenzuela, vice president of the Granger Lion's Club, said the size and weight of the fish caught will determine the winners.
The Miss Granger Court has been selling raffle tickets for $1. Eleven prizes have been donated by the Lion's Club, Granger Self Storage and Cherry Hill Golf Course. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the City Center Park.