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Emmett Cherry Festival

Emmett, Wednesday-Saturday, June 12-15


Cherries were brought to what would become the United States via what would become Brooklyn, New York. They've done pretty well here, and since the 1930s, they've been the unofficial mascot of the Gem County community of Emmett, which celebrates its passion for the stonefruit with an annual shindig held in June, the Emmett Cherry Festival, now in its 85th year. Along with the McCall Winter Carnival, the Trailing of the Sheep in Ketchum and National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival in Weiser, it's one of southwestern Idaho's premier non-Treasure Valley must-see attractions, with parades, nightly concerts, pie-eating contests, a community rodeo, a carnival and, of course, more cherry-themed items on the itinerary than one person could possibly attend—so bring the family.