National Cherry Festival Crowns 2021-2022 National Cherry Queen

As the National Cherry Festival winds down, the National Cherry Queen Committee has crowned a new queen.

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“I could never put it into words,” said 2021-2022 National Cherry Queen Allie Graziano. “Like, jump and down and scream

again a few times!”

To say Graziano is excited to be the new National Cherry Queen, that would be an understatement.

“Maybe jump on the bed and eat some cherry pie!”

She couldn’t contain her excitement as she heard her named announced as the new Queen.

“This has really truly been a dream in my heart for years,” said Graziano. “It’s something that I’ve always looked forward to.”

Graziano, born and raised in Traverse City, was actually her elementary school’s Cherry Princess in the 1st grade.

She says her journey has come full circle.

“I’ve been hoping and praying for this moment for so long, so it definitely feels surreal,” she said.

Sierra Moore was the National Cherry Queen for 2019-2021.

She looks back at her extra time as something special

“Something that I’ve been very appreciative from this second year is I’ve built a more meaningful and intimate relationship with the people here, just in the community, despite the travel restrictions,” said Moore.

And she has advice for Allie as she steps into her new role.

“Embrace it all, embrace the crazy, soak up every moment, say thank you, you can’t say it enough, and just live up every moment,” said Moore.