Organizers Postpone National Cherry Festival Until 2021
National Cherry Festival organizers announced they are canceling all of the events for this upcoming summer due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The festival has only canceled for two things before: World War II and Traverse City’s centennial celebration in 1947.
It was originally scheduled for July 4-11 in Traverse City. The next National Cherry Festival is now scheduled for July 3-10, 2021.
The cancellation means 150 events have been called off.
There will be no parades, no races, no air show or Blue Angels, no fireworks, no concerts, no kids activities, no beer tent, and no cherry pie eating contests
2,400 volunteers were alerted Thursday morning.
The event draws thousands of people to the area and organizers say they started seriously thinking about canceling about two weeks ago.
They also say it was a heartbreaking decision.
“As with most of our staff, all of our staff is from Traverse City, they are all graduated from local schools. We are ingrained into this, so this is not a decision that was made lightly. This is in our world, this is devastating to us,” said executive director Kat Paye.
The National Cherry Festival would have been just 80 days away.
They are working with customers who have already purchased tickets for different events.
Have a question about the 2020 National Cherry Festival cancellation? Check out the 2020 Festival Postponement FAQ section of the National Cherry Festival website.