Cherry Blossom Festival fun continues this weekend

Telegraph correspondentMarch 28, 2014 

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Fireworks light up the sky during last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival Grand Finale at Wesleyan College.

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Just because we’ve entered the final weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival, doesn’t mean the fun has passed. There are tons of activities this weekend for folks of all interests. Here’s a sampling of some of the best the festival has to offer this weekend and beyond.

18th annual Mustang and All Ford Car Show

Many folks are looking forward to the 18th annual Mustang and All Ford Car Show being held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Central City Park.

“Flag City Mustang Club is a group that’s supported the Cherry Blossom Festival for nearly two decades,” said Sean Pritchard, business manager for the Cherry Blossom Festival. “We’re looking forward to their 18th annual show at Central City Park. Guests can expect one-of-a-kind Mustang builds, some dating all the way back to the year the car was introduced, 1964. We invite folks to bring their own beauty on wheels to show off, or to come and see favorites that have long sparked interest in car collectors. It’s a great show and a definite favorite.”

All-American Lumberjack Show

Lumberjack competitions have been around for a long time and each competitive event showcased here was developed from a skill that a logger needed in the woods.

“The show features the ‘old time skills’ like log rolling, X-cut sawing and axe throwing,” Pritchard said. “We will also see chain saw events like obstacle pole racing, spring board tree topping, stock saw racing and hot saw racing.”

The show starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Admission is $12.

For anyone who thinks it looks like fun, there are Lumberjack Sport Camps, which are free, and where people can learn X-cut sawing and log rolling, taught by the pros of course.

Party on the Green

Though it’s no longer the official closing event of the festival, Pritchard said guests “can still expect great live music, food, activities for children and an amazing fireworks display at dusk.”

The free event begins at 5 p.m. Sunday on the lawn at Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road.

“We invite everyone to bring the whole family, some food and enjoy a picnic-style environment for throwing Frisbees and an excuse to spend time with the people you love. So, pack a picnic, enjoy live music entertainment, and browse booths with arts and crafts vendors from Wesleyan College.”

Other events

• KIDS CHERRY DAZZLE: The younger festival guests are invited to attend this free event happening from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Central City Park. “Cherry Dazzle focuses on a large variety of engaging activities for the younger festival audience,” Pritchard said. “Over the past few years, it’s become a main weekend attraction for families with children who are visiting the park. Best of all, guests can register for a chance to win a trip to Wild Adventures.”

• LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: Happening at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St., this concert helps keep the Cherry Blossom Festival fun rolling into next week. The event stars the Middle Georgia Concert band and “is a celebration of upbeat, uplifting songs to celebrate the diversity that unites Middle Georgia as a community. Expect unique concert band versions of classics from the ’50s, ’60s and beyond. This event is part of our Community Outreach Week and patrons receive admission to the show with the donation of a canned good,” Pritchard said.

For more information about any of these events, visit www.cherryblossom.com.

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