Today's National Cherry Festival schedule
Festival of Races
5K race at 7:30 a.m. and 15K at 8 a.m. along College Drive at Northwestern Michigan College. Runners may pick up their race number today between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Eastern Elementary, 1600 Eastern Ave. in Traverse City. For details, visit www.cherryfestival.org/festival-of-races.
Men's and women's elite mile road race. Front and Union Streets in downtown Traverse City.
9 a.m. Million Dollar Hole-In-One Final Shoot Out
Qualifiers from the week return for a shot at $1 million. Bay Meadows Golf Course, 5550 Bay Meadows Drive, Traverse City.
10 a.m. Cherry Idol Finals
Finalists from the week compete for the 2012 Cherry Idol title. Festival Open Space Park, corner of Grandview Parkway and Union Street.
10 a.m. Kids' Festival Matinee
Rio. Free tickets available at the Traverse City State Theatre, 233 E. Front St.
"A Walk Through Festival History" Gallery Exhibit & Festival Vintage Films. InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street; Traverse City.
11 a.m. Ultimate Air Dogs
Festival Open Space Park at Grandview Parkway and Union Street. Finals are at 3 p.m.
Cherry Royale Parade
Front Street to Union Street to 13th Street.
Festival Open Space Park East, corner of Union Street and Grandview Parkway
Semi-finalists drawing for "Go for the Gold" pin program
Drawings for qualifiers will take place at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Grand Prize drawing is at 7 p.m. Festival Open Space Park.
Cherry Pit Spit Final Contest
Finalists from the Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday contests return for the finals. Festival Open Space Park.
Bay Side Music Stage
Here Come The Mummies
Premium tickets available for $10, general admission is $7.
Festival fireworks finale over West Grand Traverse Bay.
Today's National Cherry Festival schedule
Run for the finish
Betsy Graney made a triumphant return to the Cherry Festival on Saturday, winning the women’s Fifth-Third Golden Mile. Graney was timed in 4 minutes, 42.5 seconds. Notre Dame alum Daniel Clark captured the men’s Golden Mile in 3:58.5.Continued ...
Ripley edges Kerr in 15K
Zach Ripley and Dan Kerr waged a two-man battle in the Meijer’s Cherry Festival 15K road race Saturday. In the end, Ripley won the sprint to the finish, edging Kerr by less than a second, 48:31.93 to 48:32.35.Continued ...
Neal, Kovacic win 5K
Kevin Cataldo initiated the challenge. Tommy Neal answered. Neal, a Colorado resident, won the Meijer’s Cherry Festival men’s 5K road race Saturday, finishing in 15:20.26. Cataldo, a former Suttons Bay standout, was second in 15:49.61.Continued ...
National Cherry Festival photo gallery
Relive the 2012 National Cherry Festival through the multitude of photos taking by the Record-Eagle.Continued ...
Cherry Festival feedback 'positive'
Tom Garrisi kept people talking during the National Cherry Festival's eight-day run. When the dust cleared, there wasn't much else to be said.Continued ...
- Saturday, July 14, 2012
Families wrap whirlwind week at Cherry Fest
It’s been a long week for Jennifer Hart and her daughters, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.Continued ...
Houghton: Mile races should be competitive
Olympic Trial qualifiers Daniel Clark, Kelley Miller and Betsy Graney headline the field for today's Fifth-Third Golden Mile.Continued ...
- Friday, July 13, 2012
Howard crowned Cherry Queen
Meg Howard has been crowned National Cherry Queen at Friday's Queen's Coronation Ball at the Park Place Hotel.Continued ...
Video: Ultimate Air Dogs at the National Cherry Festival
The National Cherry Festival Ultimate Air Dogs competition Friday, July 13, in Traverse City.Continued ...
Video: Kids Make and Bake at the National Cherry Festival
The National Cherry Festival Kids Make and Bake takes place Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Open Space. The event, sponsored by the Grand Traverse Pie Company, benefits the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center.Continued ...
Cherry cost skyrockets
This year’s cherry harvest offers a lesson in Economics 101: tight supply and high demand means buyers are paying a lot more for the region’s signature fruit.Continued ...
Dogs catch air at competition
A bit unconventional, maybe, but tossing a tennis ball with a lacrosse stick prodded 7-year-old Emma into the pool.Continued ...
Today at Cherry Fest: 07/13/2012
Today's National Cherry Festival scheduleContinued ...
Cherry Connection lifts veil on cherry farming for visitors
“The Cherry Connection” at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station in Leelanau County offers National Cherry Festival-goers a glimpse behind the midway and the downtown treats to the little red fruit behind it all.Continued ...
- Thursday, July 12, 2012
Video: Gibby's Fries
Behind the scenes with the Cherry Festival perennial favorite, Gibby's Fries.Continued ...
Tiberg ready for 33rd Cherry Festival 15K
To call Traverse City's Mike Tiberg a veteran runner at the Cherry Festival 15K might be a bit of an understatement.Continued ...
Dried cherries keep region’s fruit on plates
While generations of kids may have grown up with little red boxes of raisins, Sandra Umstead’s three children might very well not even know what a raisin is.Continued ...
Ohio prep runners come to TC as reward
Soon after Ross Deye helped launch the Sylvania Striders, a light went on.Continued ...
Don't count calories at Cherry Fest
The standard food groups change as soon as you walk through the Open Space gates.Continued ...
Recipe of the Week: Fresh Cherry Streusel Pie
Reporter Lisa Perkins said this recipe, which originally called for blueberries and pecans, is a favorite Cherry Festival treat.Continued ...
Fun-filled morning at Special Kids Day
Matt Moritz remembers spending happy hours at the National Cherry Festival's Special Kids Day.Continued ...
Today at the Cherry Fest: 07/12/2012
Schedule of today's events at the National Cherry Festival:Continued ...
- Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Cherry Fest lovers from near and far
Kahiso Erickson scanned multiple maps near the Open Space, in hopes he could mark his home with a pin.Continued ...
GT Band shares its culture at pow wow
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians share their cultural heritage through dance and song.Continued ...
- Run for the finish