The annual Cherry Blossom Festival held in Cherryvale Friday and Saturday didn't let the rainy weather discourage the fun. The festival drew crowds from all over southeast Kansas and beyond and began the weekend Friday evening with food and craft vendors and live music from Worship Calling which ended up performing at the Cherryvale Christian Church due to the rain.

Saturday proved Mother Nature can be accommodating as the sun shone down. The morning began with a soggy run of the 5K which had 44 entries. Organizers are hoping for an even larger entry selection in 2020. Not only were attendees treated to good food and fantastic sales, they were also treated to performances by several bands as well as the Cherryvale High School Cheer Squad for the 2019-2020 school year. Bouncy houses were on hand for the little ones to enjoy and many USD 447 organizations held fund raisers to help them attend camps and purchase uniforms. 

A pie eating contest was held with Jesse Thompson taking the $100 prize as he mowed through his pie with 1:41 minutes left on the clock. Following the pie eating contest, a jalapeno eating contest was held with Michael Toothman taking the top prize of $100. Toothman ate 10 jalapenos in two minutes.  

Other activities included a car show, photo booth, kids games, a corn hole tournament and several different raffles.

The Cherryvale Chamber of Commerce, who hosts the annual event, sends out a huge thank you to all volunteers who assisted them with the festival and to the businesses who donated raffle prizes.