Hotels bracing for big crowds as Cherry Festival kicks off
The National Cherry Festival kicks off tomorrow and hotel officials around the area say they are booked solid.
The Park Place Hotel and the Holiday Inn West Bay said all of their rooms were sold out weeks in advance, which is typical for this time of year.
However, they say more people are staying throughout the week of the festival, rather than a short part which was the trend last year.
Hotel owners say having the festival over the 4th of July holiday has helped business.
"Instead of July 4th on it's own, you can build around that date with other events and other things going on with the Cherry Festival so I think it's going to be a very successful week for everyone," said Tom Dunphey, Manager of the Park Place Hotel.