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The ribbon was cut at the first day of the 32nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It's filled with tradition, but there's something new every year.

This year's opening ceremony featured 6 women from Wesleyan College singing national anthems from China, Taiwan, the UK, Japan, the US, and Germany.

All of those nations are being honored at this year's festival.

During the ceremony, Congressman Sanford Bishop said, "Nowhere is the celebration of the cherry blossom festival more prominent and more exciting than in Macon, GA."

Judy Ashley and Alan Kittle have come to all 32 Cherry Blossom Festivals. In fact, Kittle still has a hat from the first one in 1982.

And of course, no festival would be complete without food. Although there's plenty to choose from, funnel cakes will always be a classic choice.

"The most popular here is our powdered sugar funnel cake," said Rob Ramsing, a vendor who's been coming to the festival for years, "We sell a lot of the other toppings as well, but the most popular is the old fashioned powdered sugar funnel cake."

"We're going to have a good week. All of us are going to enjoy it I think," he said.

And plenty of festival goers seem to feel the same way.

Saturday's events include the Cherry Blossom golf tournament, a 5K road race, a firefighters competition, the pink pancake breakfast at Central City Park and the legendary Bed Race down Cherry Street.

The ten day festival will continue through the 30th.


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