Welcome to Ficksburg, the Cherry Capital of the World, for this, the 47th GWK Cherry Festival!
Ficksburg can look back with pride on a festival which has grown from very modest beginnings in 1968 to one of the major events on the South African tourism calendar.
As the oldest crop festival in the country, having taken place uninterrupted annually for almost half a century, it has led where others have merely followed.
The GWK Cherry Festival has been recognized by Government as a major benefactor to the region, generating an input into the local economy of the region of R40 million, making it one of the most important events in the Free State. It is also a major cultural event for Ficksburg and the whole Setsoto region. We are expecting more than 22 000 people to attend the festival this year, giving, as it always does, a huge boost to local economies and businesses within a 100-kilometre radius. The GWK Cherry Festival has a long and proud tradition of showcasing some of South Africa’s top entertainers and we hope that up-and-coming artists will continue to see our stage as a platform from which to launch their careers. The GWK Cherry Festival takes place this year from 20 to 22 November and promises once again to live up to its stellar reputation. Accept the dare — come and catch Cherry Fever with us!
JOHAN DU TOIT CHAIRMAN
The Cherry Festival invite each and every one of you to visit us during this year's Cherry Festival, from 20 to 22 November 2014, for an unbelievable experience. Come and catch Cherry Fever with us!
This year’s GWK Cherry Festival is all about you having fun! To ensure this, the organising committee has come up with lots of new and exciting ideas to make sure that you, our visitors, are kept entertained.
We must be doing something right, though, as more than 20 000 people streamed through the gates last year! At a time when companies are thinking very carefully about where they spend their money and obtaining sponsorships for events of this nature it is becoming more and more challenging, it gives me great pleasure to thank GWK for becoming our main sponsor once again.
The Setsoto Municipality has also once more stepped up to the plate, making a huge difference to our cash flow by disbursing their sponsorship early. The GWK Cherry Festival has been recognized by Government as a major benefactor to the region, with the MEC of Tourism, Mosebenzi Zwane, declaring that the Festival will in future have the backing of Government behind it. Talking of GWK, one of the major attractions this year will be the GWK Wine Garden, where visitors can sample the best of the wines bottled by the company. As usual, some of South Africa’s best musical entertainers will be seen in action on our stages, so, hold onto your hats and prepare for a red-hot time! We invite you to come along and spend some quality time with us in the Cherry Capital of the World!
GAVIN BOY CO-ORDINATOR
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