The Traverse City Cherry Festival, now in its 84th year, attracts well over a half a million people annually. This celebration of all things cherry includes a cherry pie eating contest, which ultimately proves to be a losing scenario for our show’s host. Visit Traverse City.
The Grand Traverse region, known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, bursts with visitors eager to savor the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable each year during the National Cherry Festival. Each day festival goers find cherry delights along with parades, family and kids events and entertainment. In all, there are more than 150 events along the shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay, the majority of which are free.
More than 500,000 people attend this eight-day celebration of the tart cherry. There truly is something for everyone. Car fanatics can explore the classic vehicle show, while golfers try their luck at the million dollar hole-in-one contest. Indulge in a pie eating contest, or get competitive at the beach volleyball tournament. Kids will enjoy days of competition with big wheel races, and cherry pit spitting and cherry pie eating contests.
Red cherries and sparkling blue waters help get you in the patriotic spirit for the 4th of July parade and fireworks show. Find the fruit that inspires this festival at the cherry farm market and at Cherry Connection, where you can escape to a 100 acre research farm and tour the orchards. There will be entertainment all week long with headliners including Styx, Montgomery Gentry and Foreigner.
There’s cherries tucked into everything imaginable…. From the Festival’s Signature Cherry Pie – Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Award Winning Cherry Crumb Pie to Michelle’s Miracle Tart Cherry Concentrate Whitefish Pate and everything sweet and savory in-between.
The festival concludes with a flourish on July 6 starting with the DTE Cherry Royale Parade and ending with a fireworks finale.
While you’re at the festival, take advantage of your time in Northern Michigan. Traverse City combines breathtaking natural attractions with a rich blend of adventure and relaxation. Known for its 180 miles of sugar-sand Lake Michigan shoreline and an abundance of inland lakes, beaches, bays and dunes, Traverse City is also home to award-winning wineries and championship golf courses. Climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes and see why Good Morning America viewers named it the Most Beautiful Place in America. Explore the wine trails of Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas or stroll through the unique shops and boutiques in downtown Traverse City.
For more information on the National Cherry Festival June 29-July 6 in Traverse City click here.
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