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Go for the Gold Commemorative Pin Program


Take home a festival keepsake! Commemorative pins will be available for $5, with the possibility of winning one of the grand prizes. Commemorative pins will also be needed for entry into the beer tent. Gold pin entry forms may be turned in at the pin tent. Winners do not need to be present to win.


Generously Sponsored By:

Northern Michigan Toyota Dealers 2022
United Airlines
Best Buy

Pin Program Information

The National Cherry Festival is pleased to continue the tradition of the Go for the Gold Commemorative Pin Program. An envelope with a pin costs $5. The envelope may contain a silver pin or a gold pin. A pin is necessary for entrance into the beer tent; the same pin works during the entire festival. Look for pin sellers with one of the 200 black and red bags. The pin tent will also have a display of all years of silver pins.

A gold pin comes with a “Go for the Gold“ entry form to turn in at the pin tent in the Open Space. For official rules & prizes are listed below.

Thirty semifinalists will be drawn at 12:00pm, immediately followed by our grand prize drawing! This event will be held will be held in person at the National Cherry Festival Stage and streamed live at www.facebook.com/cherryfestival.

Winners need not be present to win. Winners must be 18 years old or older. Out of every 100 pins, 8 will be gold. For the collector, pins from some previous years will be available for sale at the pin tent. The pin program is looking for gold pins from some years to complete a set of gold pins for display. Check your drawers and pockets to help the pin program out.

Our Pin Program Hero Volunteer

Peter Garthe is one of our many cherished volunteers. He's been a longstanding character within the festival's culture and a community darling. For over 20 years he's been saying "1,2,3...Boogie!" motivating people to take a chance at picking a winning pin. We love Peter and all he has done for the festival. We cannot say THANK YOU enough!

Peter Garthe: Pin Ambassador

Peter started selling pins in 1991. He has continued to sell commemorative pins each year since. Peter holds the record for Top Pin Seller since 1993. 22 times he has been crowned the National Cherry Festival Pin Sales Champion and this year he is going for a 25th victory! Over the course of his 25 years in pin sales, his grand total for amount sold to is over 200,000 pins in 2015.Peter was born and raised in Traverse City, MI. Not only does he help at the Festival but Peter also works as a basketball referee with local high school teams. Locals know Peter’s story and many will only buy their pins from him. Prior to Festival you will see Peter biking around Traverse City, Acme and Greilickville & Chum's Corner stopping into local business to make sure everyone has bought their Festival Commemorative Pin for the year. The National Cherry Festival is lucky to have his dedicated help and support year after year!

Peter keeps a running tally of how many pins he has sold over the years. Ask him how many pins he's sold by year! He has them all memorized.

Go For The Gold Rules

Go For The Gold Rules

Raffle License Number R63729

  • Gold pin qualifiers (or designee) must register their gold pin entry form, found in the pin envelope, the National Cherry Festival office at 521 S Union St, Traverse City, Michigan 49684 by placing the entry for in designated mailbox or at the Pin Tent located in the Open Space Park by 4:30pm on Saturday, July 9, 2022
  • All entries must contain a legible name and a working phone number.
  • The entry form stating "Gold Pin Entry Form" is required to be part of the semifinalist drawing.
  • Thirty semifinalists will be drawn on July 9, 2022. Ten will be drawn at 3pm, 10 drawn 4pm and 10 drawn at 5pm with the Grand Prize drawing happening directly after. This event will be held will be held in person at the Lay's Cherry Blast Stage.
  • National Cherry Festival prizes may not be substituted or redeemed for cash. Winners' rights may not be transferred or assigned.
  • Arrangements for prize pickup must be made with The Festival Foundation dba National Cherry Festival, by August 12, 2022.
  • If a winner of one of the 2022Go for the Gold prizes declines to accept, a drawing from the remaining non-winning semifinalists will be made to determine a new winner.
  • Pin purchase price is $5.00.
  • The odds of choosing a gold pin are 1:12.5.
  • No refund or exchange of pins purchased is allowed.
  • To participate, you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You need not be present to win.
  • Prize winners are responsible for federal, state, and local taxes and delivery fees, and licensing fees.
  • Pin purchasers or winners grant the The Festival Foundation without additional compensation, permission to use their names, addresses, and photos in advertising publicity and follow-up marketing.
  • Persons in any of the following categories are not eligible to participate: employees and immediate family members of the The Festival Foundation, persons engaged in any way with the production or development of this promotion, or employees or agents of any Prize Sponsor. Festival volunteers, other than the Pin Program Event Directors, are eligible to win.
  • 2021 Go for the Gold Pin Purchase Rules are effective May 9, 2022.

2022 Prizes
Grand Prize – Two Year Lease on a Toyota Camry Lease

2nd Prize - Two vouchers for United Airlines

3rd Prize - 55"-60" LED HD TV with Sound Bar from Best Buy

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