Jacksonport, host of cherry fest and much more
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
Cherry Fest in Jacksonport, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 4 (2012), may not be as popular as the Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor or the Fourth of July event in Baileys Harbor.
It’s a sleeper of a Door County event in a way, always held on the first Saturday of August.
But everyone who has been to Cherry Fest before is aware of one thing
that’s for sure: order your cherry kolache early before they sell out. Some people come here and buy the yummy cherry kolaches four to a box or even by the dozen.
At Cherry Fest, held at Lakeside Park, you can also order cherry ice cream, cherry pie and even cherry brats and hamburgers. This event really pays homage to Door County and its famed cherry crop.
And what better time to celebrate the cherries that are ripe for picking. Door County cherry growers have announced that this year’s cherry crop is not as bad as they thought earlier this summer. The estimate was about 500,000 pounds out of a potential 12 million pounds. But the number now looks like more than 700,000 pounds of cherries.
You may also be surprised to discover wonderful artists at Cherry Fest. The juried fine arts and crafts show has artists you may not bump into at other Door County art events. Historical displays, music, a penny hunt in the sand beach and more round out the 18th annual Cherry Fest activities.
If you can’t make it here for Cherry Fest, come to Jacksonport another time. Visit the beach at Lakeside Park. Also here are play areas for kids with sandy surfaces.
Nearby, Jacksonport shops offer antiques, crafts and more. LaMere House Antiques tastefully displays furniture and home accessories. Featured are English, French and country furnishings of various periods.
Also on Tuesdays now through October you can head over to the Farmers’ Market (from 9 a.m. to 1 pm.) in Lakeside Park. Here, local growers, artists and craftsmen sell their wares.
Relatively new to Jacksonport is J.J.’s LaPuerta of Jacksonport, which has a long tradition of serving Mexican and American food in Sister Bay. Also in Jacksonport are Mike’s Port Pub & Grill and Square Rigger Galley.
The town was organized in 1869 with important industries of fishing and lumbering. Learn about Jacksonport history by touring (when open) the old root cellar at the Erskine rest area (across from Lakeside Park).
Looking for a place to stay in Jacksonport? The accommodations range from motels and campgrounds to cottages, beach houses and resorts. Check out the many wonderful options at www.doorcountynavigator.com