A royale finish to the 87th National Cherry Festival
The 87th Annual National Cherry Festival is slowly coming to an end, but not without one last jam packed day.
To kick off the final day of the week-long extravaganza, the DTE Cherry Royale Parade took center stage in Downtown Traverse City. The parade started on Front Street and winded through the downtown area and had a little something for everyone, including multiple marching bands, law enforcement vehicles, impressive floats, and of course the new 2013 Cherry Queen.
After the parade, folks headed back towards the Open Space for one last cherry filled day.
The midway was crowded with riders eager to get in their last thrills, along with the thousands that filled the Open Space, excited to purchase the hundreds of cherry products available that vendors and restaurants had to offer.
Organizers say that it was one of the most successful years yet, and that they are already thinking about next year.
"Based on the looks on people's faces, the feedback I've been getting both email and in person, people have been very supportive of the festival this year," said National Cherry Festival Executive Director, Trevor Tkach. " Volunteers are up. It just feels like there's a good esprit de corps in the community right now about their festival and their proud of it and excited to celebrate it and this was a good year."
The festival will wrap up tonight with the National Cherry Festival Fireworks Finale, over West Grand Traverse Bay at 10:30.