75th Annual Festival POSTPONED
To the North East Community:
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the North East Fire Department’s Cherry Festival Committee has been working diligently to determine the most appropriate way to handle the 75th Annual Cherry Festival. After numerous meetings, consultations with the local health department and review of required safety protocols, it is with great regret that we announce the postponement of the Cherry Festival until 2021.
Our biggest priority is the health and safety of our community, surrounding communities and our fire department family.
For the past 74 years, the Cherry Festival has served as the NEFD’s largest fund raiser. Thanks to the continued support and generosity of the North East Community, we are able to purchase, maintain and update equipment and emergency vehicles, provide training to our members and cover the extensive cost of insurance.
While there won’t be a traditional Cherry Festival this year, we will still be doing a fund drive. Instead of our members going door-to-door seeking donations, we ask for your support by visiting each fire department throughout the month of June to make a donation and pick up your tickets for a chance to win cash prizes. Nightly drawings will still take place live via Facebook. Watch for more details to come.
Drive through ticket sales will be offered June 1 – 26, Monday – Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at both Crescent and Fuller Hose. While you can make a donation anytime, if you want to see your favorite NEFD volunteer, stop by their respective fire hall during their normally scheduled week. For your added convenience, we have also included a coupon that can be mailed with your donation.
While we will miss this annual tradition and one of the community’s favorite summertime events. we believe it is the best course of action to protect the citizens we have sworn to protect. Watch the North East News-Journal over the next several weeks for updates and announcements about fundraising and cash drawings as well as interesting information about the NEFD and its dedicated volunteers.
The Cherry Festival Committee
The North East Fire Department invites you to join us at our fire stations for Fund Drive 2020. Each station will be staffed from 6pm – 8pm, Monday June 1st until Friday June 26th.
For each dollar donated, you will receive a raffle ticket towards our fabulous cash prizes to be drawn the week of July 14th!! Members will be practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and taking necessary precautions to have a safe drive-up/drive-thru experience. You will not need to leave your vehicle.
Please note, we are cash or check only for payment options. Checks can be made out to NEFD. Please see above for each stations traffic flow map.