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Meet the Parade Marshals

DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade Grand Marshal - Megan Keller

Olympic Gold Medalist Megan Keller represented the United States at the Pyeong Chang 2018 Olympic Winter Games this past February. She played in all five games, recording two assists and garnering a Gold Medal for the USA. She also has competed in three International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championships, and three Four Nations Cups. Additionally, Megan has played in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship, three Under-22 Series vs. Canada, and the 2013 Under-18 Series vs. Canada.

Currently, Megan attends Boston College where she is a member of the Women’s Hockey team.


Consumers Energy Heritage Parade Grand Marshal - Peter Garthe

Peter Garthe embodies Traverse City pride and anyone who lives in the area knows he is an integral part of not only the National Cherry Festival but Traverse City as a whole. A lifetime resident of Traverse City for the past 59 years, Peter is no stranger to getting involved in the community. He has been active with Traverse City Central athletics from timing to score keeping, to helping with anything the teams may need.They know they can count on Peter to be there and be their greatest cheerleader.

Peter is not only a great supporter of the community but a record setting member. People from the area know that it is not a Cherry Festival if Peter isn’t selling pins. He has set the pin selling record 25 times in his many years of selling pins. Selling 218,133 Pins in 27 years, That's an average of 8,079 Pins Per Year. Couldn’t have picked a better person to represent the heritage and love for the National Cherry Festival Heritage Parade.


Touchstone Energy Junior Royale Parade Grand Marshals

Madeline Brown retired as co-director from our Prince & Princess Program in 2017.She began her involvement in 1985 as a Festival Ambassador. As her desire to volunteer with the National Cherry Festival increased so did her involvement. Madeline worked with the National Cherry Queen Program, Kids Pet Show, Backstage logistics before joining Mary Lyon and her daughter Shelley Enger on the Prince and Princess Committee. When Mary retired from the committee Madeline and Shelley took on the managing the Prince and Princess Committee. Madeline and Shelley arranged chaperones for the Junior Royalty, overseeing Junior Royalty events such as Pie Eating, Orchard Tours, pizza parties, pre-festival meetings and much more! While Madeline has passed on the crowns to a new event director, she plans on continuing her involvement in the Festival Family!

Shelley Enger is a proud native of Traverse City, Michigan born and raised on a cherry farm run by her parents, Bob and Mary Lyon on Old Mission Peninsula. Shelley married a local boy, had two children and is a grandma to two beautiful girls.She stayed in the Traverse City Area and is starting her 45th year at Munson Healthcare.Forty-seven years ago, Shelley became involved in the National Cherry Festival.She was born in the Cherry Life, volunteering alongside her mother during various events. In 2002, Shelley became the Co-Director of Prince & Princess committee and describes her time working with Junior Royalty as a highlight of her time with the Festival.Shelley also looks forward to continued involvement with the National Cherry Festival.
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