The 57th annual Cherry Blossom Festival began Friday at Lake Anna Park in downtown Barberton, presented by the Barberton Area Jaycees.
Enjoy rides including the newly instituted Bumper Cars, the traditional Ferris Wheel and Fun House, The Screamer and Pharaoh’s Fury Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets for rides can be used any day and prices can be found at barbertoncherryblossom.com
Browse through vendors selling jewelry, sunglasses, T-shirts and Avon, Scentsy and Tupperware products Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.
Pay $2 for five minutes in the inflatable purple dinosaur bounce, found on Park Avenue near 4th Street. The dinosaur will be bouncing Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. All money raised goes toward Jaycee community projects.
Dunk your favorite local “celebrities” in the Jaycee Dunk Tank Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. A list of dunkees can be found at barbertoncherryblossom.com .
A schedule of daily events is as follows:
Friday, May 17:
7:30 to 9 p.m.-Musci by JoAnna Hrepcak-Listen to live music by JoAnna Hrepcak at Lake Anna Park’s Visitors Center Stage.
Saturday, May 18:
7 a.m. to 12 p.m.-Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast-Following the Jeep Davis Memorial 5K will be the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at St. Augustine.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.-Cherry Blossom Parade-Claim your spot early in the morning to get a good view of the Hollywood themed parade led by this year’s Grand Marshal, the Magical Theatre Company.
12 to 12:15 p.m.-Parade Awards Presentation-Parade awards will be presented directly following the Cherry Blossom Parade.
12 to 3 p.m.-4-H Petting Area-The Critter Keepers 4-H Club will have goats, llamas, snakes and small pets on display for children to hold and pet, located to the left of the Visitors Center.
1 to 1:30 p.m.-Penny Search-Children ages 2 to 7 will be split into four groups to search for 1,000 pennies scattered in the grass. The boys and girls who find the special pennies will receive new bikes donated by Wal-Mart in Fairlawn.
1 to 3:30 p.m.-Safety Fair-The Barberton Herald will host a Safety Fair on the Visitors Center’s grounds to display the Purple Pumper Fire Truck, police bicycle unit and SWAT team. The Fire Department will be offering blood pressure checks.
1 to 5 p.m.-Car Show-The all new car show will boast hot rods and classic cars parked on the corner of Tuscarawas Ave. and 4th Street Northwest.
1:15 to 4 p.m.-Queens Luncheon-Cherry Blossom Queen Emily Dickey will dine at the Queen’s Luncheon with first and second alternatives ages 5 to 22 from the April 20 Cherry Blossom Pageant. Also in attendance will be winners from the Barberton Labor Day Pageant.
2 to 2:30 p.m.-Barberton Police K-9 Demo
3 to 4 p.m.-Sand Castle Building Contest-Children have one hour to construct their own sand castles on the shore of Lake Anna, courtesy of three tons of sand from Flesher Sand & Gravel.
4 to 4:30 p.m.-Cherry Pie Eating Contest-Save room for the traditional pie eating contest and try to inhale a quarter, half or whole Gardner cherry pie without your hands. In three age categories, winners will receive prizes donated by the Lake Anna YMCA, Fast Lanes Bowling and Charger Lanes. Special gifts go to those with the grossest faces.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.-Barberton Idol Contest-Warm up your vocal cords for the Barberton Idol karaoke contest. Ages 16 to 28 are invited to pay $5 to enter and the winner receives a $50 cash prize.
8 to 9:30 p.m.-Music by Chad Baker-Enjoy a little country music above Lake Anna with musician Chad Baker.
Sunday, May 19:
1 to 2 p.m.-Fishing Derby-Children ages 4 to 12 can bring fishing gear, or borrow from the Parks and Recreation Department, and set up around Lake Anna to catch as many fish as possible and immediately release them back to the lake. Last year boasted 150 fish in one hour.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.-Hollywood Craft