Pink highlights Cherry Blossom Fashion Show

lfabian@macon.comMarch 27, 2014 

A sleek, black BMW convertible carrying Mark Ballard, with Carolyn Crayton riding shotgun, drove into the Anderson Conference Center on Thursday to open the 2014 Cherry Blossom Fashion Show.

Ballard, who produced the show, said his theme boiled down to three simple words: “I love pink, which is so appropriate for the festival.”

Nearly 500 people sipped pink champagne and munched on chicken salad wrapped in pink tortillas, cornbread muffins and cherry cheesecake at the annual show featuring styles from Macon Mall and The Shoppes at River Crossing.

“Every outfit in the fashion show had to have some touch of pink. I made men wear pink, I made everybody wear pink,” Ballard said. “We had a section with dogs that were completely bedecked in pink outfits.”

Pink poodles Lacie and Blossom, show regulars, had company this year.

Ballard’s chihuahua, Georgie, made a cameo appearance.

Festival Chairman George McCanless brought his curly black cockapoo, Deacon, in a pink harness. Fashion show coordinator Linda Maddox’s Alex the bichon trotted the runway, along with Lucy Lu, a Boston terrier wearing a pink tutu and hot pink lace pants.

A.C. Pup, mascot of Central Georgia CARES, wore a bright pink embroidered coat for his strut down the catwalk.

His owner, Van VanDeWalker, walked through the halls backstage trying to keep the famous canine from barking as the show began.

Cherry Blossom Festival royalty were the first on the runway, modeling their signature gowns in all shades of pink.

Little Mr. Cherry Blossom, Ayden Birmingham, was a crowd pleaser as he took a bow at the end of the stage.

“We ended on a happy note with the song ‘Happy’ playing,” Ballard said. “It was just great.”

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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