Hundreds Visit Yakima To Pick Cherries

Hundreds of people are in Yakima this weekend to get their hands on this year's cherry crop.

Over 500 people passed through Barrett Orchards as part of it's 8th annual Cherry Festival.

Farmer Mark Barrett says over 95% of his visitors came from the Seattle area to pick their own cherries, making this year one of the most successful festivals to date.
"I'm really picky, and if we go to the grocery store, I normally have to pick maybe a quarter or even half of the batch out because it's either no good or soggy," said Spanaway resident Janice Thatch, "So this gives me the opportunity to pick the cherries that I know I'm going to spend money on and I'm actually going to eat."

People can still come and pick their own cherries at the orchard for the next week.