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.