National Cherry Festival

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National Cherry Festival
BeginsJuly 4, 2020
EndsJuly 11, 2020
Location(s)Traverse City, Michigan
Most recent2019

The National Cherry Festival is a festival in Traverse City, Michigan. It began in 1925 as the Blessing of the Blossoms Festival, which was held in early May to attract tourists to Northern Michigan to view the blooming cherry blossoms. In 1931 the Michigan Legislature renamed the festival the National Cherry Festival, and moved the event to the summer.[1] Since 2004, a May event coinciding with blooming of the cherry blossoms is also held again, as the Blossom Days Festival, in addition to what is now the better-known National Cherry Festival.[2]

Every year more than 500,000 attendees enjoy the National Cherry Festival, which is now in its 92nd year. Families can enjoy many kinds of activities from cherry pit spitting and pie eating contests, to the Grand Royale Parade in which the newly crowned Cherry Queen greets the crowds. There is also a Junior Royale parade for children and a Festival Airshow, including periodic visits from the Blue Angels.[3] In addition to the National Cherry Festival, there are a number of other cherry festivals celebrated around the United States.[4]

Cherries from Traverse City

Originally held in mid- to late July to coincide with the cherry harvest, the Festival was moved to early July to take advantage of the July 4th holiday.

On July 25, 1987, Cherry Festival participants earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for baking the world's largest cherry pie. The pie was 17 ft 6 in (5.33 m) in diameter, weighing 28,350 pounds. This replaced the pie baked nine years earlier in Charlevoix, Michigan. This record was held until July 14, 1990, when a pie weighing 37,740 lb 10 oz (17,118.9 kg), 20 feet (6.1 m) in diameter was baked and eaten by approximately 1500 people in Oliver, British Columbia.[5]

In 2017, Michigan's Greta Van Fleet performed with Shinedown. In '12, Pop Evil from Muskegon performed. In '14 Uncle Kracker performed with Smash Mouth. In '14, Tommy James & the Shondells performed. In '01, Chicago's Styx performed. In '16, Chicago's Cheap Trick performed. In '17, REO Speedwagon performed.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2011-05-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-05-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ National Cherry Festival
  4. ^ National Cherry Month
  5. ^ "A Piece of the Pie". Northern Express. 2015-07-02.

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Coordinates: 44°46′05″N 85°37′20″W / 44.76806°N 85.62222°W / 44.76806; -85.62222