Like Cherry Pie? Loveland Has a Party for You!
Loveland Colorado will celebrate a part of its history on Saturday with the annual Cherry Pie Celebration! Get more on Loveland’s cherry history and the activities for the celebration- inside!
Saturday July 20th Lovelanders will come together for Loveland Museum/Gallery’s annual Cherry Pie Celebration!
The event will be at Peters Park, right next to the museum/gallery from 5pm-8pm. You’ll be able to buy pie by the slice, ice cream, and drinks. They will also have kids activities, historical displays and live music from Barrelhouse and Shawn Waggoner & The Tumbleweeds.
It’s all to celebrate Loveland’s history with the cherry. Back in the ’40s and ’50s, Loveland was a hot spot for cherries- there were 10,000 acres of cherries with hundreds of trees occupying the area now known as Orchard’s Shopping Center. It was a million dollar industry- the cherries were harvested factories in Loveland (Kuner-Empson/Loveland Canning/Cherry Products Corp.)
Even as a kid in the ’70s, after the cherry industry had dwindled, I remember all the cherry stands along highway 34 just outside of town on the way to Estes Park (they used to sell 80-100 pies a day back in the heyday). One of those stands still remains- The Colorado Cherry Company is one of the sponsors of Loveland’s Cherry Pie Celebration!
What would the Cherry Pie Celebration be, without a good old fashioned bake-off! This year, featuring a special guest-judge: Georgia Doty Hultquist- who was the Cherry Pie Festival Queen in 1947!
The ‘Art of the Tart’ Cherry Pie Contest!
- Two categories – Adult & Student (under 18)
- Pies must be received at the contest table by 4:30 pm
- Category winners will be announced at 6:30 pm
- Pies judged on crust, filling texture, taste and overall appearance
- Commercially baked pies are not allowed
- All pies must be prepared within 24 hours of the 4:30 pm deadline
We’ll see you in downtown Loveland this afternoon! Get all the information with Loveland/Museum Gallery!