Cool weather, better crop for 2013 cherry festival

By: AP
By: AP

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Traverse City's 87th National Cherry Festival is underway, with cool weather and a range of activities stretching over nine days.

This year's tart cherry crop is looking good as well after a disastrous late freeze a year earlier that drastically cut yields.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle says thousands of people have poured into the northern Lower Peninsula for the festival, which opened Friday night with a classic car cruise.

Saturday's festivities began with a cherry pancake breakfast served by volunteers.

Longtime festival-goer Terra Moody of Traverse City brought her son Peter to try out his new big wheel, a recent birthday present.

She says she loves the event and the money it brings to the area economy.

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