Things To Do During The Emmett Cherry Festival
Each year, during the second full week of June, thousands of visitors flock to Emmett, Idaho in Gem County for the Emmett Cherry Festival. The Cherry Festival has celebrated the abundance of the Valley of Plenty since the 1930s as the region’s longest running festival. The event begins on Wednesday and runs through Saturday, with a plethora of family friendly activities that are free to everyone. More than 50,000 people visit Emmett each year to enjoy the festivities.
- Gem County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo
- Cherry Festival Train Show
- Emmett Lion’s Car Show
- Quilt Show
- Cherry Festival Fun Run/Walk
- Soft Ball Tournament
- Cherry Festival Parade and Children’s Parade
- Fireman Hose Competition
- Gem County Historical Village
- Jr. Miss Cherry Festival Pageant
- Miss Gem County and Gem County Outstanding Teen Pageant
- ECAC Art Show and Competition
- Kiwanis Annual Craft Fair
- Kiwanis Breakfasts
- Pie Eating Contest
The Gem County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo includes events for children of all ages. These events include stick horse barrels, a boot race, and goat tail un-decorating for the little ones. In addition, there will be Barrel Racing, a Flag Race, Pole Bending, a Key Hole Race, and Goat Decorating for multiple age divisions starting from age 4 through 18 and up. Muttin’ Bust’n is fun to watch and a great event for school age children to participate. There is also a greased pig chase and an opportunity to compete in steer riding competition. These fun activities are free to attend, but fees apply for participation to cover costs.
The fun run/walk is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and features a two-mile walk/run and 10k run. The Kiwanis Club is responsible for many of the family-friendly, fun activities that are available during the Cherry Festival, including the craft fair and a pancake breakfast served on Saturday morning.
During the Cherry Festival, thousands will visit the Gem County Historical Village and Museum. This collection of photographs and period displays chronicles the lives of Native Americans who first lived in Gem County and pays tribute to those trappers, miners, and settlers who made the valley into what it is today. Displays include a general store, turn-of-the-century parlor, and a one-room schoolhouse.
With so much to do, it is no wonder that so many people come to enjoy the bounties of the Valley Of Plenty as they celebrate their signature fruit during the Emmett Cherry Festival. All activities are free to the public, and the atmosphere is family-friendly. The 2017 Cherry Festival will take place in Emmett on June 14th through June 17th. They hope to see you there!
For a list of event times and vendors please visit the Emmett Cherry Festival website at http://www.emmettcherryfestival.com/.