Cherry Blossom Festival to end with fireworks at family-fun finale

lshirley@macon.comMarch 22, 2013 

After attending the Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Finale several times, Macon’s Kara Hebert finds the event has become one she looks forward to every year.

“It really is ‘fun for the whole family.’ The fireworks are great, everybody takes a picnic, there are tons of people and it’s just fun,” she said. “We just show up and enjoy.”

This year’s finale kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday at Wesleyan College and includes entertainment for all ages. There will be inflatables and a rock climbing wall for children, said Lydia Moss, Cherry Blossom Festival marketing/media executive assistant.

Hebert said those are activities her 10-year-old son, Spencer, always enjoys.

“There’s always someone out there painting faces, too, and kids can just get out and run around,” she said.

Live entertainment also will be provided, as Louise Warren opens for Gringo Grande, both local favorites.

Fireworks will wrap up the evening at dusk, and Moss promises they will be even better than in past years.

“The fireworks will be a little more extravagant this year, and everyone can just spread out and enjoy a nice sunny day,” she said, adding that organizers keep a backup plan in mind in case of bad weather, but that hasn’t been an issue for one Grand Finale yet.

Moss also advised against bringing pets because of the fireworks.

Concessions such as hamburgers and hot dogs will be available, but picnic baskets and blankets are certainly welcome, and seem to be a popular option with attendees. Organizers request that no glass containers be brought.

“We’ve done both, but we usually bring a picnic,” Hebert said. “We’ve had family come from out of town for it, and everyone loves it and thinks it’s just fantastic. It probably is one of my favorite Cherry Blossom Festival events.”

Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Finale

When: 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road

Cost: Free

Information: 751-7429,

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