Loveland Colorado will celebrate a part of its history TODAY with the annual Cherry Pie Celebration! Get more on Loveland's cherry history and the activities for the celebration- inside!

Saturday July 21st 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 4pm-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 Papa Duke, Sammy Dee Morton Band and Dixie Leadfoot!

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!

The 'Art of the Tart' Cherry Pie Contest!

  • Two categories – Adult & Student (under 18)
  • Pies must be received at the contest table by 4 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 pm deadline

Good Luck!

We'll see you in downtown Loveland this afternoon!  Get all the information with Loveland/Museum Gallery!