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A 'sweet' festival in Whitehouse

If you think sweets are wrong, then Whitehouse Cherry Fest won't isn't right
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WHITEHOUSE, Ohio — If sweetness is your weakness come to the Whitehouse Cherry Fest.

There are 200 cherry pies that are expected to sell out not to mention 900 cherry turnovers.

The event celebrates the role cherries played in Whitehouse history.

"Used to be a lot of cherry trees in this community. So over the years that was the theme pushed forward for the town festival. Prior to that it was called the Whitehouse Homecoming," according to Josh Torres of the Anthony Wayne Regional Chamber.

Anything can be deep fried such as oreos, butter, s'mores, candy bars and yes cherry pies.

All they do at the Deep Fried Sweets truck is dip it in batter and drop it in a fryer.

"Simple. Real simple but very tasty. Nobody worries about calories when they come to the festival," said Zeff Davis of Deep Fried Sweets.

There is a serious side to the festival too, especially appropriate on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy invasion.

Money is being raised for a Veterans Memorial Park by the group Destination Whitehouse.

It's still under construction.

But when finished in September the park will honor area veterans for their service as well as those killed in action.

Historical placards will be on display as well as tributes to first responders.

"You hear the term 'Thank you for your service.' What we want this park to do is for people to come and visit it, understand what service means," said Rob Casaletta of Destination Whitehouse. 

The Whitehouse Cherry Fest runs though Saturday which is a big day for events.

At 1 p.m. there's a parade followed by a pie eating contest at 2 p.m.

The day wraps up with a huge fireworks display at sunset.