CBF Basics

March 21, 2014 


Open March 21-30

• Fridays: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

• Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

• Sunday, March 23: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

• Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

• Sunday, March 30: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Main park entrance: Levee Road

• Parking is regularly $10 per car and free 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. An unlimited parking pass is $30; passes available from parking attendants at Central City Park.

• Free senior and handicap golf cart shuttle runs to and from the senior/handicap parking lot to the entrance gate near the Cherry Treasures Building No. 11. every day from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

• No backpacks, ice chests or outside food and drink permitted at the park.

Amusement rides

Offered by Drew Amusement.

• Both Saturdays: Free rides from 9:30-11 a.m.; regular price after 11 a.m.

• Both Sundays: Free rides with current church bulletin from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; regular price rest of the day

• Monday-Thursday: $20 unlimited rides from noon-10 p.m.

• All other days: Regular price rides

Exciting activities daily

You’ll find something for the whole family, including camel rides, a petting zoo, rock wall, mechanical bull, free nightly concerts, international food vendors and shopping.

Cherry Treasures (Building No. 11)

• Winners of the Children’s Art Contest on display

• Sand sculptures by Greg Glenn

• Ikebana Japanese flower display

Cherry Market (Building No. 13)

• Pink Angel Tree (hand a $1 ornament in honor of cancer survivors)

• Tour headquarters, registration and Riding Tour departures

• Cherry tree sales for $10

• Cherry Blossom Festival Souvenir Shop at Central City Park

• Festival and park information booth

• Shopping from unique vendors

Free Trolley Shuttle

Trolley stops from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21-28:

• Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau

• Third and Cherry streets (in front of The Telegraph building)

• Second and Mulberry streets (in front of Michael’s on Mulberry)

• Central City Park

Trolley stops from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29-30:

• Mulberry and Second streets (in front of Bibb County Courthouse)

• Cherry Street (in front of Market City Cafe)

• Central City Park

Last bus departs Central City Park at 4:30p.m. daily.

Visit www.cherryblossom.com for any route updates.


For the latest news and happenings during the festival, visit www.Macon.com/CBF and read The Telegraph. Our daily coverage online will feature video, photos and more. Also, readers can submit their photos to www.Macon.com/share. Pick up The Telegraph every morning for a look at the previous day and a preview of upcoming coverage.


Official Cherry Blossom Festival souvenirs can be found at the following locations:

• Art on the Avenue, 2358 Ingleside Ave.

• Central City Park Building No. 13, Willie Smokey Glover Boulevard

• Cherry Blossom Festival Headquarters, 794 Cherry St.

• Coliseum Health Systems Gift Shop, 350 Hospital Drive

• Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry St.

• Hay house, 934 Georgia Ave.

• Lawrence Mayer Florist, 608 Mulberry St.

• The Medical Center of Central Georgia Gift Shop, 777 Hemlock St.

• Yesterday’s Antique Market, 4821 Sheraton Drive

• Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St.

• Shop online at www.cherryblossom.com


Cherry Blossom Festival Headquarters. 794 Cherry St. Open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 478-751-7429. www.cherryblossom.com.


Artist Debbie Anderson, a lifelong resident of Macon, created this year’s print. The mug was designed by Peter Nishanian, a resident of Macon since 1977.

The 2014 plate and pin were created by Barclay Burns. Purchase of the $10 pin comes with a discount card for local restaurants, which is valid through the end of 2014. Pin purchase also grants free entry into six festival events, which regularly cost $10 per person or more.


Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival was first organized to celebrate the city’s Yoshino cherry trees and the March 23 birthday of the late William A. Fickling Sr. In 1949, Fickling discovered the first such tree in Macon, although he didn’t know what kind of tree it was at the time. He learned how to propagate the Yoshinos and began sharing them with the community. As the years passed, the number of Macon’s Yoshino cherry trees grew quickly, attracting the attention of longtime residents and newcomers alike. One particular admirer struck by their beauty was Carolyn Crayton, who proposed launching a Cherry Blossom Festival to honor Fickling and to showcase the beauty of the trees. It began with 30 events and about 30,000 trees in 1982.


The cherry trees in Washington, D.C., may draw more attention, but word of Macon’s beauty during March has spread far and wide during the years. Macon was designated the “Cherry Blossom Capitol of the United States” in the 1983 Congressional Record by former U.S. Rep. J. Roy Roland. Later, the Japanese consul general named Macon the “Cherry Blossom Capitol of the World.” The festival is routinely featured in national publications and travel guides. Estimates of the number of trees in the city range from 275,000 to more than 300,000. The trees’ blooms don’t always coincide with the festival, of course. But when they burst forth, they provide breathtaking beauty.

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