National Cherry Festival


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Cherry Festival, National

Second week in July
An annual event since 1926, Michigan's National Cherry Festival takes place in Traverse City, "The Cherry Capital of the World," where 70 percent of the world's red cherries are grown. Traditionally held for a full week in July, the time of the cherry harvest, the festival features both traditional and offbeat events involving cherries: cherry pie-eating and cooking contests, a cherry wine competition, displays of cherries and cherry products, free tours of the cherry orchards, a cherry smorgasbord luncheon, and the weighing-in of the world's largest cherry.
The festival began in 1924 with a ceremony to bless the cherry blossoms and ensure a good crop. Now it draws upwards of half a million visitors and includes three major parades, national high school band competitions, canoe races, and a water ski tournament among the more than 100 different events. Former President Gerald R. Ford, a Michigan native, officiated at the festival in 1975.
CONTACTS:
National Cherry Festival
109 Sixth St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
231-947-4230; fax: 231-947-7435
www.cherryfestival.org
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 94
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This summer marks a major milestone for DTE Energy and the DTE Energy Foundation as we celebrate a decade of partnership with the Traverse City community and the National Cherry Festival," said Fred Shell, vice president of DTE Energy's Corporate and Government Affairs and president of the DTE Energy Foundation.
DTE Energy has been an outstanding resource for our community in many ways, from the many volunteer hours contributed by its employees, to its 10 years of support for the National Cherry Festival," he continued.
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CONTACT: Eileen Dixon of DTE Energy, +1-313-235-9154; Susan Wilcox Olson of National Cherry Festival, +1-231-947-4230, ext.
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