Some festival goers were disappointed this year’s show lacked headliner military demonstration teams like the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds. Still countless observers lined up along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay and watched the planes dip in and out of synchronized twists and turns.
Kylan Pociask, 6, of Davison, said he liked watching the pilots perform loop-de-loops, but he admitted it was a little scary at times when it appeared the planes were going to collide.
Overall Pociask was a big fan of the stunt flyers.
“They’re super awesome,” he said.
Lauren Folkes and Nate Linderman drove up to Traverse City from Grand Rapids and arrived shortly before the airshow started. The two enjoyed samples of cherry almond jam and cherry salsa at the festival marketplace while planes buzzed overhead.
“All very good,” Folkes said. “Before we leave we’re going to get a thing of fresh cherries.”
The marketplace hosted a number of cherry growers’ crops to choose from.
Lauren Dobron staffed a marketplace booth for Edmondson Orchards. Dobron’s aunt is a co-owner of the Old Mission Peninsula orchards, which have been family-owned for generations.
For Dobron the National Cherry Festival is about more than selling cherries. It’s a chance to showcase the region’s traditions and values.
“It’s just a really fun time,” Dobron said. “It’s about community and family, and the growth of both.”