There’s no shortage of royalty at the National Cherry Festival.
Monday morning they all gathered for a very special occasion at the Hagerty Center.
With a horse drawn carriage fit for a queen parked outside little princes and princesses lined the courtyard to meet and mingle with Northern Michigan’s most regal residents.
“You get to meet a lot of princesses and you get to meet the cherry queen. She had like this really pretty dress and she had like a thing that goes like that,” says Zela and Kora Nichols.
Each table is sponsored by local businesses and community members, like Ronda Schmuckal-Olds.
“We’ve been doing this for maybe 10 years, this is only my 2nd year,” Schmuckal-Olds said.
“First of all you have to agree to sponsor a table and then they get back to you and let you know the table number. Then you buy gifts for them, you can have like as wag bag for them to take and things that kind of coordinate with the princess,” she said.
The children were decorated to a t in a crowd of crowns, from Minnie Mouse and mermaids, to unicorns, flowers and fairies.
“We have crowns and we have wands and cookies and bags,” Zela and Kora said.
But it’s not all about the fanfare, the little lords and ladies are making life-long memories.
“Cherry festival means a lot, but with the little girls making sure they have fun! That’s the best part! Their excitement, their joy,” Schmuckal-Olds said.
And it’s a royal tradition that returns every year.
“I think that this is a great event and I think you’re missing out if you’re not here and participating as a sponsor to help everyone see and enjoy all of these tables,” Schmuckal-Olds said.
Organizers are already looking for table sponsors for next year.
You can either design the table and fill it yourself, or open it up to other guests!!