Festival Foundation Announces New Board Members and Officers

Festival Foundation officials are pleased to announce its 2018/2019 Board of Directors.  Officers of the Board include:   Brett Fedorinchik, President; Ian Hollands, Past President; Rebekah Lynch, President Elect; Kim White, Treasurer; and Jeff Needham, Secretary.

Board Members include: David Barr, Dawn Centilli, Meredith Hawes, Stacey Isles, Mike Meindertsma, Colleen Paveligo, and Michael Sinnard. Continuing to serve on the Board of Directors is Barbara Wunsch, Cherry Industry Liaison.  The Board of Directors of the Festival Foundation, doing business as National Cherry Festival has responsibilities including Festival governance, oversight, and the setting of policy. The Festival Foundation manages the National Cherry Festival, Cherry-T Ball Drop, and the Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K Race. In addition to these events The Festival Foundation is proud to be able to support other Festivals and Events throughout the Grand Traverse Region with volunteerism and operational support.

Next year’s National Cherry Festival will celebrate its’ 93rd anniversary and is scheduled for June 29 thru July 6.  Visit www.cherryfestival.org for up-to-the minute Festival news.


Tart Cherry Power Gummies

Looking to up your cherry game with yummy gummies that will give you all the benefits that Cherry Bay Orchards Cherry Juice has to offer.  What are these benefits, you ask?



Consuming Tart Cherries is known to:

*Promote a better night’s sleep 

*Ease Post Workout Soreness

*Fight inflammation linked to Arthritis and Gout

*Reduce the risk of Heart Disease

(Reference: http://www.choosecherries.com/health-and-nutrition/)

Why wouldn’t you want to eat and drink as many cherry products as possible!?!?

Tart Cherry Power Gummy Recipe

Total Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 2 Hours
Yield: 1 Cup of Gelatin/ 53 Gummies
Level: Beginner


  • 1 cup Cherry Bay Orchards Tart Montmorency Cherry Juice  (it now comes in a Box!  Get your’s here)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp gelatin
  • 3 tbsp honey (agave for vegan)



Combine all ingredients on the stove top.


Pour mixture into your favorite mold and chill for 2 hours until set, store in the fridge.


Recipe courtesy of Lindsey Ostrom, pinchofyum.com

Dustin Lynch to Perform July 6th

One of Country Music’s hottest young artists, Dustin Lynch will perform on Friday, July 6th on the Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage, Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  Coming off of a loaded 118-show, 2017 tour itinerary, Lynch will be touring with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley among others in 2018. The National Cherry Festival is thrilled to land him for a Festival Week date!

About Dustin Lynch at a Glance:

Broken Bow Records artist Dustin Lynch occupies a unique place in today’s country music scene. Thanks to his classic sensibilities, he’s been heralded as the heir to George Strait’s throne. Yet with one listen to, “Where It’s At,” it’s obvious the young Tennessee native knows how to combine his traditional influences with an edgy intensity that places him at the vanguard of today’s contemporary country scene. His hits are being played in heavy rotation in most of the United States, and Michigan is no exception.

Lynch’s ability to fuse his country roots with a progressive musical vision that makes him one of today’s most successful young artists. His self-titled debut album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart – making him the only new male artist to achieve such a feat that year. The album’s lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans.

Dustin showcased his progressive sound throughout his sophomore album, WHERE IT’S AT (Broken Bow Records), which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and has tallied over 750,000 tracks sold to date. Fueled by the scorching Top 25-and-rising single “Hell of A Night” and multi-week #1, GOLD-certified smash “Where It’s At,” the buzz-worthy album has earned well over 23.6 million streams on Spotify. Previously opening for Keith Urban, Lynch ignited crowds nationwide on Luke Bryan’s KICK THE DUST UP TOUR. With recent shout-outs from superstar Reba and CBS’ The Talk co-hosts, media critics have taken notice of the Dustin Lynch. He was praised in ROLLING STONE COUNTRY’s “The Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest” and ROLLING STONE’s Best of Rock Issue; named ELLE’s “Best New Country Music Artist” and was picked for both PEOPLE COUNTRY and US WEEKLY’s “Sexiest Men of Country”.

Tickets Go on Sale Friday, February 9th at 9 a.m. and are priced accordingly:

Reserved – $45 and General Admission – $30

Back by popular demand, is the Festival’s VIP Deck Experience. The Deck, is THE National Cherry Festival’s VIP concert experience.  Guests will be able to lounge on The Deck while enjoying complementary adult beverages and enjoying an exclusive elevated view of the Bay Side Music Stage. Eat like a Rock Star! Enjoy a full buffet meal, prepared on site by our outstanding Artist Hospitality Chef and themed around that night’s entertainment.  Never leave your seat!  Our volunteers will be around to check on you while you enjoy the National Cherry Festival show on the Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. There are a limited number of VIP Deck passes available for this show at $130 each.

Tickets are available by visiting www.cherryfestival.org  or by calling 888-212-3258.