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Top tourism award to cherry-ripe festival
Jordan Piggott and Bree Lambert are the 2012 Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival Faces of the Festival

Manjumup's Cherry Harmony Festival has been honoured with recognition as Western Australia’s leading tourism event.

The festival won the inaugural Perth Airport Events and Tourism award at last week’s 2012 Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

The annual event was recognised for the hard work and dedication of its volunteers who had continued to develop the event over the past 11 years.

Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival committee member Pam Bodsworth said the group was honoured to have won from a strong field of nominees.

“We are humbled and honoured to have won this award,” she said.

“The award raises the profile of the event amongst regional WA and takes the festival to another level.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank our local sponsors for their support along with everyone who contributes to the success of the festival.

Mrs Bodsworth and a handful of committee members attended the awards ceremony and collected the award whichincluded a $2000 Smart Access Bank Account from Commonwealth Bank.

“Without funding and ongoing support our festival would not have a future,” Mrs Bodsworth said.

Manjimup resident Marie Kelly also attended the awards ceremony and received the Rinehart Family Volunteering Award for her ongoing commitments to foster children.

The 72-year-old had raised 22 foster children plus five of her own and received recognition for the loving and supportive environment she provided them.

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