TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WXYZ) — The iconic National Cherry Festival in Traverse City will be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We want to thank our growers, partners, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and community leaders for their commitment to the National Cherry Festival," organizers said in a statement. "There is a lot of good happening throughout the Traverse City area during this difficult time and we are proud to be a part of this special community. The celebration may look different this year but Traverse City will continue to be called the Cherry Capital of the World as we all support our growers, processors, and celebrate cherries. Stay safe and stay healthy and eat cherries."
Organizers have posted an FAQ to the website regarding refunds.
The festival was originally scheduled for July 4-11.
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