Cherry festival in Sunnyvale this weekend

The pits will be flying this weekend in Sunnyvale, as C.J. Olson Cherries holds the annual cherry festival that has heralded the start of summer for the past 20 years.

The big bing celebration takes place at the historic stand at 348 W. El Camino Real on Saturday and Sunday. Longtime fans know that there’ll be cherry pancakes for early arrivals and tours of the cherry orchard by Deborah Olson, the company’s fourth-generation owner. “The weather looks favorable and the cherries are ripe and ready,” she said.

There also will be music, cherry pitting contests and, of course, cherry spitting contests. Last year’s winner launched a cherry pit 30 feet, and it should take some set of lungs to beat that.