Cherry Festival to Be Homegrown

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No need for out-of-state cherries this year. Michigan farmers say the local crop will be ready for the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City this weekend.

They say the lack of rain might make the fruit a bit smaller than usual but it shouldn't matter for all the eating, tasting and pit-spitting contests.

The warm spring weather has this year's fruit ripening slightly earlier than normal.

Sweet cherries sometimes must be imported from Washington State for the annual event.

The festival usually offers sweet cherries to visitors. But promoters say it's a celebration of both sweet and tart varieties.