Cherry Fest float prompts spur-of-the-moment wedding |

Cherry Fest float prompts spur-of-the-moment wedding

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Sherry Skofield and Charlie Whitlesey got married during the Cherry Festival Parade.
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The 115th Annual Cherry Festival Parade had an unusual entry this year: The First Traveling Church of North San Juan, The Rev. Yvonne “Pinkie” Varner presiding.

As the chapel on wheels made its way through North San Juan, inspiration took hold of two romantics, Charlie Whitlesey and Sherry Skofield, who jumped aboard and asked to be married. Varner agreed, and with ring pops, vows were said, sealed by a kiss, all while holding on.

The crowd was thrilled to be part of the impromptu ceremony, which was a first for any parade in North San Juan and probably for all of Nevada County. Jeremy and Mary Mount were witnesses, as were Garecht and Zephyr Kitchens.

The Cherry Festival is sponsored by the AIC, and the parade marshall was Jesse Lollich. The parade had many entries this year, including children on bicycles, the North San Juan Fire Department, Cocksure Enterprises, Mountain Renegades, Sweetland Nursery, McNeely’s Nursery, Milhous Feed, The Ridge Kids and a small horse.

Varner can be reached at 530-415-9705 or through

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