Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 4, 2013

National Cherry Festival Schedule: 07/05/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

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Today:

9 a.m.

Cherry Golf Scramble

Family friendly nine hole course. Prizes will be awarded. Tee times need to will be reserved in "foursomes". Cost to play is per person and payment will be due at the time of play. To reserve your "foursome", contact Bay Meadow's at 231-946-7927. Bay Meadows Golf Course, 5220 Barney Road.

Kids Sand Sculpture Contest

Competitions for all ages. Ages 3 to 5 at 9-9:45 a.m. Ages 6 to 8 at 9:15-10:00 a.m. Ages 9 to 12 - 10:15-11:15 a.m. Groups with ages 3 to 12 - 10:30 a.m.-noon. Register 15 minutes before the start of each category. Only items found on the beach may be used in the decoration of the sculpture with the exception of food coloring. No fee. Senior Center Beach, 801 E. Front St.

10 a.m.

Cherry Connection: Bringing Together Festival, Farm, and Fruit

Join Michigan State University Extension at 100-acre research farm in Leelanau County. Guided orchard tours, kids events, exhibits and samples of cherry products. Cherry Connection Shuttle picks up and drops off on the west side of the Traverse City Visitor’s Center on Garland Street every half hour from 9:30 a.m. until noon. At Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway.

Cherry Idol Auditions

Competition is broken into divisions of adult, young adult ages 15-17, teen ages 12-14 and youth ages 8-11. Participants required to sing a song of their choice, without any background music for the preliminary auditions. If chosen to move onto the final round, competitors must be prepared to perform a different song of their choice. The final round will be sung to background music. Pre-registration is required. Event runs until 4 p.m.

Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot

Competitions of baby and toddler trotting. Register 9-9:45 a.m. Open to kids ages 3 and under. F&M Park, 201 Railroad Ave.

DTE Energy Green Day

Visitors will learn about renewable energy products, energy efficiency and sustainable living options and more. Festival Open Space Park North at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

Festival Souvenir Tent

Browse t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, coffee mugs, hats, kids clothing, cherry jewelry and more. Festival Open Space Marketplace at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

Historical Walking Tours

Learn about Traverse City's rich history. Among the stops are the History Center of Traverse City, City Opera House, and Wellington Inn. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour is 2.5 hours. Cost is $10. Registration required. Call History Center of Traverse City at 231-995-0313. Begins and ends at History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St.

Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest

The closest to the pin qualifiers return July 6 for a shot at $1 million. Closest to the pin wins a flatscreen TV from Best Buy. Bay Meadows Golf Course; 5550 Bay Meadows Drive.

Ultimate Air Dogs

Featuring nearly a hundred "dog athletes" and their owner-trainers competing for advancement in the regional competition. Pre-registration is required. Log onto ultimateairdogs.com for details. Festival Open Space Park at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

11 a.m.

Cherry Classic Film Series

Carole Lombard Week at the State Theatre. Free admission. Today's movie: To Be or Not To Be. 233 E. Front St.

Seniors Bingo

10 games of bingo with prizes provided by the Medicine Shoppe of Traverse City. Must be 50 and older. No reservations or fee. Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St.

12 p.m.

Beer Tent

Must be 21 years or older to enter and must have a 2013 commemorative pin. Festival Open Space Park North at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

Bingo

Two sessions from 12-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Must be 18 or older. Festival Open Space Park East - Corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway.

Cherries Grand Buffet

Featuring cherry inspired dishes, an array of sweet treats and cherry lemonade. Local entertainment. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under. Admission is limited.

Very Cherry Demo With Michelle White

Learn how to infuse the healthy benefits of cherries into everyday meals. Lay's Cherry Blast Stage; Festival Open Space Park Central - Corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway.

1 p.m.

Historical Walking Tours

Learn about Traverse City's rich history. Among the stops are the History Center of Traverse City, City Opera House, and Wellington Inn. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour is 2.5 hours. Cost is $10. Registration required. Call History Center of Traverse City at 231-995-0313. Begins and ends at History Center of Traverse City, 322 Sixth St.

Kids Chalk Art Contest

For kids ages 5-12. Chalk provided. No fee. Festival Open Space Park North Cement Wall at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

Senior Bowling Fun

Register at 12:30 p.m. Prized for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers. Must be 50 years or older.

2 p.m.

Festival of the Races Registration

2-6 p.m. at Eastern Elementary, 1600 Eastern Ave.

Very Cherry Demo With Michelle White

Learn how to infuse the healthy benefits of cherries into everyday meals. Lay's Cherry Blast Stage; Festival Open Space Park Central - Corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway.

3 p.m.

Ultimate Air Dogs

Featuring nearly a hundred "dog athletes" and their owner-trainers competing for advancement in the regional competition. Pre-registration is required. Log onto ultimateairdogs.com for details. Festival Open Space Park at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

4:30 p.m.

CHERRYOPOLY Tournament Finals

Winners from Monday and Wednesday return to crown an overall CHERRYOPOLY Tournament Champion. Festival Open Space Marketplace at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

5 p.m.

Adult Cherry Pie-Eating Contest

Prizes awarded. No fee. Lay's Cherry Blast Stage; Festival Open Space Park Central at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

6 p.m.

Cherry Pit Spit Contest

Register on-site. No fee. Adults age 18 and older. Festival Open Space at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

Rusted Root and Edgar Winter

Tickets range from $10-25. Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage.

6:30 p.m.

Cherryland Band Classic

Marching bands from throughout the Midwest and Canada perform. Opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. introducing the 2013 National Cherry Festival prince and princesses. First band takes the field at 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 on 50 yard line; $5 40-10 yard line; $5 children 12 and under. Harry T Running Stadium at Thirlby Field.

Queen's Coronation Ball and Royale Auction

With hors d'ouevres, cash bar, and live and silent auctions benefiting the Queen's Scholarship Program. Program will get underway at 8 p.m. with the crowning of the 2013-2014 Queen at 9 p.m. Hagerty Center, 715 E Front St.

7 p.m.

Seniors Euchre Tournament

No reservations necessary. Must be 50 or older. Refreshments provided. Fee required. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Traverse City Senior Center, 801 E. Front St.