Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 1, 2013

National Cherry Festival Schedule: 07/01/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

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9 a.m.

Very Cherry Distinguished Senior Breakfast

Announcement of the 2013 Distinguished Senior. Fee of $5 and reservations required. Traverse City Elks Lodge, 625 Bay 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.

Festival Souvenir Tent

Festival Open Space Marketplace at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

Health By The Bay

Local businesses teach how to get fit with area gyms, exercise classes and fun activities. Health experts will offer tips. Blue Cross Blue Shield booth will be perform free health screenings and body mass index measurements. Until 4 p.m. Festival Open Space Park North at Grandview Parkway and Union Streets.

Heroes Day

Festival-goers serving representing the Armed Forces, public safety and Homeland Security will be recognized. Festival Open Space Park West at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

Kids Bubble Gum Blow

Register 9:30-10 a.m. For ages 4-12. No fee. Event runs until noon. Grand Traverse Mall, 3200 South Airport Road West.

Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Contest

Bay Meadows Golf Course; 5550 Bay Meadows Drive.

10:30 a.m.

Princess Tea

Come dressed in your favorite princess dress and have tea with 2012-2013 National Cherry Queen Meg Howard and her Royal Court. Hagerty Conference Center at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute, 715 E. Front St.

11 a.m.

Cherry Classic Film Series

Carole Lombard Week at the State Theatre. Free admission. Today’s movie: My Man Godfrey. 233 E. Front Street.

Noon

Beer Tent

Open from noon-11 p.m. each day. Must be 21 years or older to enter. Festival Open Space Park North at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

Very Cherry Demo with Michelle White

Michelle White shows how to infuse the healthy benefits of cherries into meals. Lay’s Cherry Blast Stage; Festival Open Space Park Central at the corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway.

Bingo

For ages 18 and up. Two sessions: 12-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Festival Open Space Park East at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

12:30 p.m.

Heroes Day Concert

NMC Concert Band and Cherry Capitol Men’s Chorus perform a tribute to veterans, active duty and and first responders. Lay’s Cherry Blast Stage; Festival Open Space Park at the corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway.

1 p.m.

Cherry Pins & Pizza

Bowling until 5 p.m. Fee required. Lucky Jack’s Bowling Alley, 1705 S. Garfield Ave.

Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest

Free. F&M Park, 201 Railroad Ave.

2 p.m.

Very Cherry Demo with Michelle White

Michelle White shows how to infuse the healthy benefits of cherries into meals. Lay’s Cherry Blast Stage; Festival Open Space Park Central at the corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway.

3 p.m.

Kids Turtle Races

Kids ages 3-12 race a turtle. Bring your own, or borrow one. Register at 2:30 p.m. Free. F&M Park, 201 Railroad Ave.

4:30 p.m.

CHERRYOPOLY Tournament

Open to first 36 players. Winners return July 5 for final CHERRYOPOLY Tournament. Festival Open Space Park at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

5 p.m.

Adult Cherry Pie Eating Contest

Free. Register at 4:30 p.m. at the stage. Lay’s Cherry Blast Stage; Festival Open Space Park Central at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

6 p.m.

Cherry Pit Spit Contest

Register just prior. No fee. For ages 18 and up. Festival Open Space Marketplace, near the flower bed at Grandview Parkway and Union Street.

Foreigner

Tickets are $17.50 or $30. Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage.