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Understanding the Significance Behind National Cherry Festival Pins

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For 26 years, National Cherry Festival goers have been collecting a special token to remember the memories they made at the festival.

9&10's Brittany Wright tells us about the Go For The Gold Pin Program and the significance behind it.

It's no surprise the national cherry festival pins have been a big hit this year.

Those in charge of the go for the gold pin program tell me they have already sold more than 12,000 of the special souvenirs.

"To see people collect them it's really neat." For the first time, Debbie May is volunteering to sell pins at the National Cherry Festival.

"I moved to Traverse City in October and I really wanted to be apart of the festival because I've been coming here since I was a child and moved here to retire."

And it's been a busy couple days.

"In the first couple hours today I probably sold about 30 pins and some people just want to support the festival by buying a pin and others want it to get into the beer tent or other event they need it for here."

This years pins are red and gold or silver and blue.

Vicki Howard, Pin Program Co-Event Director, explains, "this year's has an outline a blue plane reminder of the Blue Angels last weekend. Cherries, all of the cherry products make such great things to eat."

And the pins are not only a souvenir, but they also help support the festival.

"The pin program also one of the ways we raise the funds for the 85% of the festival activities which are free."

If you are given a red and gold pin, you can be entered into a contest to win a two-year lease on a 2014 Toyota Camry. That drawing will take place on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.