NORTH EAST, Pa. - It’s the opening night of the North East Firemen’s Cherry Festival.

It's a tradition that has been helping the Fuller Hose Co. and Crescent Hose Co. raise money for 73 years.

The five day festival takes place in Heard park, just off of Route 89 and Route 20. A variety of foods can be found at the festival, including the famous fire department's Italian sausage along with the popular cherry pies. There are plenty of things for the kids to do as well, with lots of carnival rides, which are all new this year.

Cherry Fest, as it’s also known, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the town's two fire departments.

“The money we make here helps to maintain our equipment, our training, our personal gear,” said Fire Chief and Cherry Festival Co-Chairman David Meehl. “Whatever it takes to help make the fire department function and the needs of the community.”

“The festival will wrap up on Saturday with the annual fireman's parade beginning at 4p.m.


Want to go?

You can check out a complete schedule for the week here.