Up to 6,000 people will take part in the fourth annual Cherry Harmony Festival in Manjimup this weekend.
Tourism and South-West Minister Mark McGowan, who officially opened the event today, said visitors to the town were expected to provide a significant boost to the local economy.
Mr McGowan said the State Government had provided $17,400 towards the festival this year.
The Minister said events were big business for regional Western Australia and helped create jobs and opportunities for locals.
“The Cherry Harmony Festival, which includes the Cherry Ball, an all day Saturday festival, Saturday evening concert and silver service long table lunch on Sunday, has continued to grow in popularity since its inception in 2002,” he said.
“The State Government, through various grants over the past four years, is very proud to be a part of this event and I sincerely congratulate the organisers of the festival for their hard work and dedication.
“The Warren-Blackwood Region is renowned for its quality cherries, and to develop a festival centred around the fruit is a fantastic way to celebrate the Australian summer and the new fruiting season.
“It is also a great way to showcase a wonderful array of art, craft, produce and culture in Manjimup. This festival appeals not only to local residents, but also many visitors from outside the region.”
Mr McGowan said the State Government was keen to support events such as the Cherry Harmony Festival because it was an important part of developing regional tourism by attracting visitors and encouraging return visits.
“The event helps put Manjimup on the map and generates economic benefit through increased tourism for the local community,” he said.
“The Shire of Manjimup, Manjimup Chamber of Commerce, local retailers, producers, wineries, cherry growers and the organisers are to be commended for developing this special event.”
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