erie, Pennsylvania - JULY 15, 2014-- Cherry Fest kicks off in North East and the event will have hundreds of people enjoying some cherry pie. For 69 years the event has been going strong and supports the North East Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department hosts this event as its main fundraiser. Visitors of all ages say they enjoy coming to the festival year after year. For those who keep coming back they say the community coming together to support the fire department is the best part, along with the cherry pie.