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Tickets on sale today for Cherry Blossom Festival events

Cupid may not leave Macon dusted in pink cherry blossoms for Valentine’s Day, but tickets will go on sale Monday for the “pinkest party on Earth’s” special events.

The Cherry Blossom Festival also has announced the headliners for the festival’s annual street party, scheduled for March 26.

Grammy-nominated country singer and songwriter Jamey Johnson, best known for his songs “In Color” and “Macon” will perform on the Cherry Stage, according to a festival news release.

Festival CEO and President Karen Lambert said the festival had an early interest in booking Johnson and started working in the fall to schedule him for this year’s festival.

“We can’t wait to see him and particularly to hear him play his Macon song,” Lambert said. “We feel very fortunate to be able to secure him.”

Big Boi, a hip-hop producer and half of the Atlanta-based duo OutKast, also is scheduled to perform, according to the festival.

“We have been wanting to expand our audience,” Lambert said, explaining how Big Boi is expected to draw attendees from multiple groups. “We think it’s great for a community event.”

Other musicians scheduled to perform include Stevens-Lane, Eric Beddingfield, Floco Torres and JuBee and the Morning After.

General admission for the street party is $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Tickets are available at cherryblossom.com or by calling Mercer Ticket Sales at 301-5470.

Monday also marks the first day of sales for the festival’s official pin.

The 2011 pin was designed by Twiggs County native Rose Lane Leavell.

This year’s pin has a more contemporary look, said Leavell.

“It has an oriental feel,” she said. “They (the festival) said they wanted something different.

“I think it’s really attractive.”

The pin can be purchased for $5.

Leavell also designed the festival’s coordinating souvenir mug and plate.

The festival’s gift shop, relocated to 567 Cherry Street, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Feb. 28.

Souvenirs also can be purchased on the festival’s website.

The festival, in its 29th year, will be held March 18-27.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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