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2013 Bruno Cherry Sunday event.

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The original Prairie Sour Cherry summer event (formerly Bruno Cherry Festival)
Bruno Cherry Sunday
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013


Bruno Cherry Sunday - Cherry Smokies - original image from Flickr - ©Christopher Craig - some rights reserved, usage permitted under CC BY 2.0 |
BBQ'd Bruno
Cherry Smokies

Made and smoked right here in Bruno, these delightful smokies are infused wirth a touch of sweet and tangy cherry goodness.
Bruno Cherry Sunday - Cherry Sundae Signature Cherry Sundaes
feature Bruno Cherry Sauce and locally-crafted premium
Jerry's Artisan Mexican Vanilla Ice Cream.

Made with real cream and milk!
No edible oil fillers and no preservatives. Just premium, creamy ice cream! Taste the difference.
Entertainment schedule has been FINALIZED. Note that entertainment will begin at 11:30am (not 12 noon) with the RILEY FAMILY moved to the opening act at 11:35am, and LARISSA & MARCEL TREMEL taking the Riley's original spot at 2:50pm.
U-PICK CHERRIES are now available!! Cost: $10 / 4L pail. Orchard open all day during Cherry Sunday, or 8:30-5:30 M-F and by appointment (please contact us to book!) outside of these times.

When: Sunday, August 18, 2013, with activities running from 7:00am - 4:15pm. View the Schedule!

Admission: Free Gate Admission

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)

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 & fun for the whole family!
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Site last updated: April 16, 2014


Pictures: Cherry Sundae, U-Pick Cherry Orchard, Ripe Cherries
7:00 AM Cherry U-Pick opens
8:00 AM Pancake Breakfast served with sausages & cherry syrup (until 11 am)
11:30 AM
and beyond
Canteen Opens
serving Burgers, Cherry Smokies, Cherry Sundaes (made with Bruno Cherry Sauce and premium Jerry's Artisan Ice Cream!) & more!
Artisan and Vendors booths open
(may open earlier... exact time TBA)
Chilren's Activities (throughout afternoon)
PRESENTATION STAGE (St. Angela's Dining Room)
FINAL SCHEDULE - Updated AUG 12, 2013
  • 11:30
  • Topic TBA
    Presenter: Mr. Forrest Scharf,
    Provincial Specialist, Fruit Crops Branch
  • 12:40
  • “The Birds Around Us”
    The Birds of Saskatchewan
    Presenter: May Haga
  • 1:20
  • "Favourite Fruit Growing Tips"
    Presenter: Dr. Bob Bors,
    Head of U of S Domestic Fruit Program
  • 2:30
  • “Cooking with Prairie Sour Cherries”
    Presenter: Loretta Bors & Lillian Sawatzky
  • ...    
  • followed by:
    Presentation of Prizes for Winners of
    the Sour Cherry Baking Contest
  • 3:15
  • “Beekeeping in Saskatchewan”
    Presenter: Dr. Barry Brown,
    Professor Emeritus, U of S.
FINAL SCHEDULE - Updated AUG 12, 2013
  • 11:30
  • Opening & Welcome RECENT UPDATE
  • 11:35
  • The Riley Family RECENT UPDATE
  • 12:05
  • The Krentz Brothers
  • 12:40 
  • Andrea Hoffman
  • 1:10 
  • Cudworth Cowboys
  • 2:15 
  • Three of Hearts
  • 2:50 
  • Larissa & Marcel Tremel RECENT UPDATE
  • 3:25 
  • The MontAndMacher Boys
  • 3:50 
  • Jim & Lisa Anderson
  • 4:15 
  • Thank You's & Closing Remarks
4:15 PM Wrap Up -- See You Next Year!


Cherry harvest is usually 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.

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. Bruno Cherry Sunday and Bruno Cherry Festival logosUnder 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.’ 

Volunteers prepare Cherry Pies for sale at Cherry Festival (circa 2009)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. Cherry on the Tree -- in the St. Therese Orchard (copyright 2011 | James Riley / St. Therese InstituteUnder 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.

ARCHIVES - Info from past years.

Websites from PAST YEARS:


Bruno Cherry Sunday
c/o St. Therese Institute
Box 310 Bruno, SK S0K 0S0

Cherry Sunday Coordinator Team
Jina Grant: (306) 369-2555 x113

Cathy McGeragle. (306) 369-2555 x114

St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission

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: (306)369-2555 x114, .

If you looking for contact information for the Carlton Trail Ag Society, please contact Kevin Pulvermacher, chair, at 306-369-4109.

A big "thank you" to the following sponsors:
Sponsor - St. Therese Institute of Faith and MissionSponsor - Carlton Trail Ag SocietySponsor - Weston Foods CanadaSponsor - Extra Foods HumboldtSponsor - Jerrys Artisan Ice Creams