Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 4, 2012

2013 Cherry Fest will begin June 29

By Vanessa McCray

TRAVERSE CITY — The National Cherry Festival will move into June.

Next year's festival will begin June 29 and run through July 6. That puts it more than a week before this year's event, which ran from July 7-14.

Cherry festival officials acknowledged the date change today after a query from the Record-Eagle. National Cherry Festival Executive Director Trevor Tkach said the festival set the June start date in response to city officials' request to hold the festival during the July 4 holiday.

Like this year, the 2013 festival would have begun after Independence Day if it followed the festival's usual scheduling model of starting on the first Saturday in July.

It makes sense to hold the cherry festival during the patriotic holiday when many take vacation time, Tkach said.

"People are here ready to celebrate and have a party," he said.

More details on the Cherry Festival's date change will appear in Wednesday's Record-Eagle .