Cherry Blossom Festival Expands | News
The 32nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival officially starts Friday.
This year it's expanding to include pre and post festival options.
Cherry Blossom Festival: Events
The traditional food and ride vendors started setting up for the Central City Park festivities earlier this week.
Road Manager for the carnival crew, James Graybill, said they brought in 45 semi-trucks full of equipment. Most of the rides will be the same as years past, but he said some received upgrades during the winter.
Ride inspectors from the state will be checking the safety of all the rides through Friday.
Graybill said, "We are very safety conscience. When it comes to riding, when people come here, they kind of become our children."
Before the festival officially opens on Friday, people can attend the new Beers, Brats and Brushstrokes event Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Blacksmith Shop. Admission is free.
During the festival, check out the 25 tons of sand dumped in the round building of Central City Park.
An artist from California, Greg Glenn, will sculpt it into a festival themed masterpiece this weekend.
Glenn said, "It's kind of instant art, and it's big and it's large scale. There's hardly any other medium that you can work this big in and work this fast in. I kind of like that aspect of it."
Cherry Blossom will offer a total of 50 new events.
After the traditional 10 days of events, the festival keeps going with a week dedicated to community service.
Saturday April 5, folks can celebrate the official end at Tunes and Balloons. That will be on the campus of Middle Georgia State College starting at 4 p.m. Admission is $5.