Cherry pie, oh my

Photo from the City of Loveland online.

POST UPDATE:  The 2011 Cherry Pie Festival will be held on July 23.  All info here.

Loveland, Colorado has a lot to celebrate – most recently Money Magazine named it the 33rd best place to live in America, and in the not  so distant past, AARP ranked Loveland as the #1 retirement town in America.

Loveland has a rich agricultural past, and the area is best known for the historic sugar beet industry. However, during the late 1920s, Loveland was home to the largest cherry orchard west of the Mississippi. A  chain of unfortunate climatic events occurred and by the 1960s the cherry orchards had been decimated, never to return.

Every summer, the town honors its agricultural history by celebrating cherry pie. This year’s Cherry Pie Celebration will be held tomorrow, Saturday, July 24, at Peters Park next to the Loveland/Museum Gallery at 503 N. Lincoln.

Come early for a presentation on Loveland’s historic cherry industry being held at the Museum from 4 to 5 p.m. The celebration starts at 5 p.m. and includes cherry pie by the slice from Johnson’s Corner and ice cream from Penguins. There will also be free, live music, a cherry pie contest, art and more. Festivities will continue until 8 p.m.

For more information click here.

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