National Cherry Festival has tighter security

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The National Cherry Festival gets underway Saturday in Traverse City with some new events alongside the traditional pie eating and pit spitting contests - and security will be tightened in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

About 500,000 people are expected to attend the eight-day festival. Police Capt. Brian Heffner tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle ( ) that officers and explosive-detecting dogs will be on hand for parades and races. Festival director Trevor Tkach (Tuh-CATCH) says there will be more security cameras and volunteers trained to look for anything suspicious.

The festival is designed to promote the Grand Traverse region's cherry industry and attractiveness as a tourist destination.

There will be two air shows on Saturday - one in the afternoon and one at 10 p.m.

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