Register early for Cherry Days activities

The 70th annual Cherry Days celebration is almost upon us, and early registration is either required or encouraged for some of the events.

Early registration forms for the annual Cherry Days 5k Run/Walk are available on the Cherry Days website, under "Activities." Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Apple Valley Park. This year's race benefits the Paonia High School track and cross country teams. Email for more information.

Entry deadline for the "Cherry Days' Got Talent" talent show is Thursday, June 30. Entry forms are available at under "Activities."

The Cherry Days Baking Contest happens during the July 4 festivities. The Cherry Days committee seeks bakers to showcase recipes made with cherries -- which are plentiful this year, so no excuses. In planning which favorite recipe to make, contestants should keep in mind that no refrigeration will be provided at the event and that all items should be in a disposable container. Entries will be sold to the general public following announcement of winners. Contact Esther at 527-5299 for details on the talent show and baking context.

The committee is also in need of more volunteers to help in several different areas. Interested volunteers can email