Are you ready for an early summer road trip? Join the North San Juan Community Center for the 129th Annual North San Juan Cherry Festival on June 22. It’s a magical day packed full of deeply rooted, small-town, family-friendly fun! The cherry festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with a 30-minute local parade; one of the longest running traditions of the San Juan Ridge. Remember to arrive early to find a spot to park as Highway 49 will be closed for half an hour during the parade. 

Immediately after the parade, the NSJ Community Center is hosting food, fun games, a cakewalk, pie-eating contests, face painting, and local music featuring musicians from throughout the region. There will be over 25 booths including local vendors, a psychic, a blacksmith, a masseuse, artists, and crafters. This year also features an inaugural Wellness Fair, highlighting local county and nonprofit service providers offering information about services available for you and your family. 

All that, plus a drawing for some fabulous prizes. Last year, there were more than $10,500 in drawing prizes, thanks to over 150 local businesses and individuals. Keep an eye on the community center’s Facebook page for a sneak peek at what is available. Drawing tickets are only $1 (yup, it’s a good ol’ fashioned drawing) and are available for purchase electronically, or during the festival. 


The cherry festival drawing is the community center’s biggest fundraiser of the year. All its proceeds are used to support and expand the center’s community focused programs. This year, the focus is on raising funds to continue the EBT Eats Free Tuesday Night Dinner. The grant to fund this wildly successful program, which feeds 75 to 100 people every week, expires on June 30 and the center would love to keep it going.  

If you, your business, or someone you know would like to donate a prize to the drawing, please reach out to Shannon Bratt at If you are interested in volunteering, baking, or buying drawing tickets, please call Ali Anderson at (707) 484-7179. You can also sign up using the online form at To become a vendor or to be part of the parade, contact Sue Bauer at (530) 292-9525.

Info: The North San Juan Community Center is located at 29190 Highway 49 in North San Juan. Check out the community calendar of events on the North San Juan Community Center Facebook page or online at

~ Shannon Bratt is a Nevada County native, originally from Truckee, and is now living a simple and happy life in North San Juan. She is a board member of the NSJ Community Center, is highly involved in the community, and has a passion for helping others.   


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