via Absolute Michigan… 2011 update coming this summer!!
Remember the sights, sounds, and smells of a summer celebration in your hometown when you were a kid? Well, happy days return to Traverse City’s beautiful Lake Michigan shores July 2-9, 2011 during the National Cherry Festival featuring over 150 events including free air shows over the Bay, colorful parades & marching bands, music shows, sporting events, rides & carnival games on the midway, pie-eating contests, clean blue skies, warm sunshine, crowds of smiling faces, and loads of luscious cherries (2010 will have local cherries!) prepared every way you can imagine!
The Cherry Festival began in 1926 as the Blessing of the Blossoms Festivals in the spring. In 1933 it was renamed the National Cherry Festival and moved to mid to late July in order to coincide with the cherry harvest. It was then later moved again to early July in order to simultaneously occur with the Fourth of July weekend. The festivals annual attendance is now over 500,000 over the course of eight days. The National Cherry Festival has played host to many special guests and dignitaries, including President Gerald R. Ford, Former Astronaut James Lovell, PGA Touring Professional Dan Pohl, Jerry Mathers, and an assortment of Michigan governors. (check out the Pleva’s float too!)
Global Wine Pavilion
The National Cherry Festival will once again offer wine lovers of all levels an unsurpassed wine experience at the Global Wine Pavillion on the beautiful, tree-studded former Clinch Park Zoo property in downtown Traverse City. The three night event, Thursday-Saturday, July 8-10 from 5-10 PM will feature a superb collection of over 90 wines & almost 40 different grape varieties selected by Master Sommelier Ron Edwards. A $10 entry fee buys you an Andrea Robinson designed wine glass – The One – and your first glass of wine. The One is thought by many experts to be the world’s perfect wine glass, so every wine you taste in the Pavilion and at home will be perfectly presented.
In addition to two parades and the crowning of the 2010 National Cherry Queen, Cherry Festival boasts an air show featuring the Blue Angels, beach volleyball tournament, Old Mission Peninsula bike tour, bed race, car show, live music, carnival midway and classic events like the cherry pit spitting contest.
More National Cherry Festival Links
- National Cherry Festival web site
- Area lodging, dining & more at Absolute Michigan keyword “Traverse City”
- Food Network: Top 5 Video featuring the National Cherry Festival
- Traverse City Record Eagle: National Cherry Festival Guide
- 1354 Cherry Related Recipes from FoodTV.com
- National Cherry Festival from Wikipedia
- The Unofficial National Cherry Homepage
- Michigan Cherries
- Absolute Michigan keyword Cherry