Top fruit festivals in the USA Founded in 1926, and attracting more than 500,000 visitors each year, the National Cherry Festival celebrates cherries with a wealth of activities from baking the world’s largest cherry pie, cherry pit-spitting and pie-eating contests, to the Grand Royale Parade in which the newly crowned Cherry Queen greets the crowds. This week-long event also features concerts, special events for kids and adults, a marathon, a milk carton regatta, and a fireworks display.
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. 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.
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. In addition to the National Cherry Festival, there are a number of other cherry festivals celebrated around the United States.
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