1999 Blossomtime Festival Youth Parade Clowns. Photo: Dennis Hafer, Hafer Photography
One of the largest festivals honoring agriculture
in the nation, a "celebration of life renewed," Blossomtime is held
annually in the area of the twin cities of St. Joseph and Benton
Harbor, Michigan. Begun in 1906 when Rev. W.J. Cady of the First
Congregational Church in Benton Harbor declared Blossom Sunday and
urged everyone to drive through the orchards, Blossomtime's
religious roots are recalled today with the annual Blessing of the
Blossoms. The event also includes the crowning of Miss Blossomtime,
a Bud Prince and Princess Pageant, a carnival, an author and
celebrity reception, an arts and crafts fair, a run, bicycle ride,
and a parade, the signature event of the festival.
Originally submitted by: Fred Upton, Representative (6th District).
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