July 16-17: Hood River Cherry Celebration | FREE, Wine, Food, Alpacas,

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From press release:

Hood River Cherry Celebration
Saturday, July 16 – Sunday, July 17
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | FREE | All Ages

Hood River Fruit Loop
Visit www.hoodriverfruitloop.com for directions and full list of events

Who doesn't love luscious, fresh cherries? It's cherry season in Oregon's Hood River Valley, and farms and attractions all along the valley's famous Fruit Loop are welcoming the arrival of the summer's first tree fruit. The Hood River Cherry Celebration arrives for the 19th time, Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17.

Winding 35 miles through the picturesque orchards, farms and communities of the scenic Hood River Valley, the Fruit Loop is home to farms, country stores, wineries, and other attractions offering the freshest and best that the valley with a world-wide reputation for the quality of its fruit and other agricultural products has to offer. Many varieties of fresh-picked cherries will be available all along the Fruit Loop during the Cherry Celebration. There'll also be other wonderful cherry treats, including cherry wine, jam, cookies, pies and more. Taste delicious fruit and products, and choose your favorites to take home.

In addition to cherries, there's plenty more along the Fruit Loop. Visit comfortable tasting rooms for award-winning wines. Stop by an alpaca farm to meet the year's adorable babies. Take an orchard tour. Pick lavender, or choose early fresh produce and berries. Enjoy barbecue, delightful desserts, cookies, pies, and many more treats.

Admission to Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free, and most are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Some have longer hours; wineries open at 11 a.m.). There is free parking, too.

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