Traverse City businesses prepared for the National Cherry Festival

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The annual National Cherry Festival is July 1-8 this year and Traverse City was busy preparing in recent weeks for the thousands of attendees, including both tourists and citizens. Steve Heap, a professional at the Association of Festival Organizers, says that communication is key when a city prepares for a festival. He also says it gets easier with experience, but still takes the whole year to prepare for the annual festival. Kaylie Camp, 19, has worked two previous Cherry Festivals at Fustini’s, an oil and vinegar store located in downtown Traverse City.

Planning for the Festival of the Sun and Moon begins

By Juliana Moxley
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING — If you want to be part of Old Town’s largest fundraising event then come out to the annual Festivals of the Moon and Sun this summer! There’s a lot that goes into putting on an excellent festival series, but the OTCA’s festival committee members are striving to further improve the fun alternative way to fundraise. The fundraising of the festivals benefits the OTCA’s programming throughout the year. The branding and promotion for events such as Chalk of the Town, Turner Street Outdoor Theater and Dickens Village are examples of what the Festival of the Sun and Moon benefit. A unique festival

The festival name was chosen because of the significant meaning that lies behind them: The festival dates revolve around the Summer Solstice.