This year’s Cherry Festival was a huge success! It would not have been possible without the tremendous level of sponsorship, community support, and event participants. I’d like to thank all of those involved for your enthusiasm, hard work, and participation. The 2019 Tonkin Subaru Cherry Festival Parade had the highest attendance of any Cherry Festival parade ever. Congratulations to our first place float winner, Orchard View, Inc., our first place equestrian winner, Fort Dalles Riders Club & Queen Summer, and our first place marching band, The Dalles Middle School Marching Wildcats. Winners of the Cherry Festival Window Decorating Contest included Columbia Bank, Columbia Gorge Title, and Emma’s Boutique. You all did a great job! The 2019 Cherry Idol winners, Smrithi Chary (under 15) and Chloe Goss (15 and older), were both outstanding. Finally, a very special thanks to all of our volunteers. Without you, the festival would never have been possible!
Mark your calendars because our next major event, Hops and Hogs, is right around the corner (June 15th). I hope you can join us for some award winning BBQ, craft beer and wine, live music, and backyard games. This event is only in its second year and we’re looking forward to seeing it grow. If you are looking for an opportunity to contribute/volunteer, please contact the Chamber. Opportunities are numerous and available. Lastly, if you have not been by the Chamber lately, I would encourage you to stop in to say hello to CEO Lisa Farquharson and the Chamber Staff. Ask what they can do to help promote and grow your business. They are here to serve you and would welcome the opportunity to get to know you and your business more. Your Chamber membership offers so many services, you might be surprised to learn of some of the many membership benefits you’re not yet taking advantage of!