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POSTED - June 3, 2015
Date for 2015 Announced - AUGUST 16!
Sorry for the delay in announcing the date for this year's BRUNO CHERRY SUNDAY... but here it: SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015.
U-PICK: We had a spotty, light, late frost in Bruno last week, but were hoping the the cherry blossoms & bees will have had enough time to interact beforehand to produce some marvelous cherries this year (last year, we lost the whole crop due to a poor spring).
*** CHERRY SUNDAY 2015 - INFO ***
When: Sunday, August 16, 2015, with activities running from times TBA.
Admission: by donation at the gate
Where: The grounds and orchard at St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission, Bruno, SK, located at the North end of Main Street in Bruno, SK. (map) IN CASE OF RAIN -- The event will move INSIDE the facility.
What: Join us for a day of celebrating community, friends and summer-time fun! The fun kicks-off with Pancake Breakfast & all-day Cherry U-Pick, and continues all afternoon with hot food canteen featuing Cherry Smokies (returning this year by popular request!), Cherry Sundaes (but of course!) & more, local entertainment, and fun for the whole family! No Dogs, Lamas, Emus, Cows, Giraffes or other animals please (service dogs permitted).
Cherry harvest is usually early-to-mid August (give or take a week or two, depending on the year).
We will post information here and on Facebook ('like us', and check back in July/August!!) when we have a better idea of
when the cherries will be ready.
NOTE: Please BYOP (bring your own pails). We will have a limited supply of pails available for purchse at the orchard, but you can help us out by bringing your own!
History of Bruno’s Cherry Festival / Cherry Sunday
The Bruno Cherry Sunday began in 2003 as a casual afternoon event with about 400 in attendance at the historic former St. Ursula's Academy and Convert in Bruno. Under the direction of the Carlton Trail Ag Society, the event grew over the years to a full-weekend event dubbed the Bruno Cherry Festival, featuring various local-and-beyond bands, all-day food service including a pancake breakfast and turkey supper, trade show, children's programme and more, with attendance peaking in 2009 at about 3,000 people.
In 2011, organizers decided to bring the event back closer to its roots and reintroduced the festival as the original 1-afternoon Bruno Cherry Sunday, featuring local talent, cherry sundaes and speakers. In 2012, St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission (who since 2007 has owned the facility where the festival is held) assumed the role of organizer and added back the pancake breakfast, morning and children's events, plus the opportunity to ‘u-pick’ the delicious sour cherries in the very orchards for which the festival was founded.
One of the main attributes of the festival has been the location; the beautiful historic grounds of the former Ursuline Convent in Bruno. The convent had been run as a catholic girls school for over 75 years. The sisters closed the facility and in 2000 the University of Saskatchewan agreed to a five-year lease of the buildings and property. It became known as the Bruno Ursuline Campus. Dr. Bob Bors and others from the horticulture department at the University felt the grounds would be suitable for a demonstration orchard, particularly the dwarf sour cherry. Dr. Bors and Rick Sawatzky, fruit breeders at the University of Saskatchewan, developed these hardy cherries specifically for Saskatchewan’s harsh growing conditions. ‘SK Carmine Jewel’ was the first of the University’s cherries released in 1999. Five other cultivars were released in subsequent years: ‘Crimson Passion,’ ‘Romeo,’ ‘Juliet,’ ‘Cupid,’ and ‘Valentine.’
The success of the first Cherry Sunday provided the inspiration for the community to make the festival an annual event and The Carlton Trail Agricultural Society was formed. One of the goals of the Ag. Society, in organizing the festival, was to promote and celebrate the new sour cherry varieties. The festival also provided opportunities for commercial producers and backyard growers to highlight their products. With a $15,000 grant from the Saskatchewan Association of Agricultural Societies and Exhibitors, planning for the 2004 Bruno Cherry Festival shifted into high gear.
Meanwhile, in 2003, the University ended their lease agreement. This forced the Sisters to make a decision – demolish the 60,000 square foot facility or continue to operate it as an Event Centre. Under the leadership of Sister Maureen Maier, the Ursuline Sisters continued to operate the facility as the Prairie Ursuline Centre. During this time an additional 11,000 sour cherry trees were planted on a portion of the 65 acres of land on the Ursuline grounds. In 2007, the property was sold to another Catholic group who founded St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in the facility. This was a good fit for the Sisters as it furthered their legacy of faith formation by passing the property on to a group that held similar religious and philosophical beliefs. It kept the property viable as an important physical and economic landmark in the community of Bruno.
The Bruno Cherry Sunday / Bruno Cherry Festival has been hosted on the St. Therese Institute (formerly Prairie Ursuline Centre) grounds since the event's inception. St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission began operating the event directly in 2012, taking over the event managment from the Carlton Trail Ag Society.
Come and celebrate, and enjoy the sweet-and-tart sour cherry of the prairies!
For more information about the Cherry Sunday event, please contact:
St. Therese Institute
If you need to contact the Carlton Trail Ag Society (the founders and past operator of the Bruno Cherry Sunday / Bruno Cherry Festival) please contact us and we will get you in touch with them.
A big "thank you" to our Cherry Sunday 2014 sponsors:
The list of Bruno Cherry Sunday 2015 sponsors will be added as we confirm sponsorship.