Held the first weekend in May, the West Pittson Cherry Blossom Festival is a tradition over four decades old. It is a festival which celebrates that special time of year when the banks of the Susquehanna ignite into a palette of spectacular colors as cherry trees dotting the river blossom their pastel pink and creamy white flowers. The town of West Pittson is unabashed in it’s good fortune of being a historically white collar town in an area traditionally reliant on blue collar work, specifically coal. The result of this societal anointing is that through economic turns, this town has been able to maintain it’s beauty and be billed today as “The Garden Village”. It is a moniker befitting the host to one of the more stunning cherry blossom festivals around.
Obviously the main draw to the Cherry Blossom Festival is the blossoms. With beautiful parks and walkways, as well as the iconic Firefighter’s Memorial Bridge, the chance to view theses trees is not lacking. But while the blossoms themselves span weeks, the official Cherry Blossom Festival is a two day gala replete with activities and events. And it is precisely this weekend soiree which grows its fan base yearly. The festivities start on Saturday with a spectacular parade, and further accoutrement to the jovial merriment are the Little Miss Cherry Blossom Contest and a great assortment of shows. Nearly two dozen bands, drama clubs, dance troupes, and puppeteers take the stage over the two day event. Both days showcase a moderately-sized craft show with a fair selection of art and craft vendors. Artisans from the region showcase their handmade goods, while food vendors by way of concessions and local organizations dish out fair favorites to hunger guests.
Admission is free and parking is in town.