Once a year, our newest Gold Member and local Marshfield resident, Nicholas Inman, and crew put on a spectacular event in Marshfield Missouri annually in the spring. It's called the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival, and it's in it's 16th year of existence... and it's quite the show. A not to be missed event, that brings people in worldwide!
Started as a way to celebrate the local community and the state at large, the festival initially began as a project of planting cherry blossom trees in his hometown. Following an internship in Washington, D.C. and a love of our nation's capital, he wanted to bring a piece of Washington to MIssouri. Giving folks the opportunity to experience a little bit of both worlds.
The cherry blossom project began in 2003, but the first official tree planting did not take place until 2004. The first tree was planted at the Webster County Museum by Missouri First Lady Lori Houser Holden. Soon the cherry blossom project spread throughout the city. Numerous dignitaries came to plant trees including; Jerry Jones (Owner of the Dallas Cowboys), Jean Carnahan (Former Missouri First Lady and United States Senator), Pat Wilson (Former Missouri First Lady), Betty Hearnes (Former Missouri First Lady), John and Hilda Lane (nephew of Dr. Edwin P. Hubble), Lesley Kays (Webster County Sesquicentennial Queen) along with several groups. Volunteers planted several cherry blossom trees on public property and a series of promotions encouraged citizens to plant cherry blossoms on private property.
The festival was born in 2006, at the urging of local residents to put a committee together... and, it's been running strong ever since! It's grown from a small committee to a nationwide, and even worldwide phenomenon!
Here's what Joseph Yakovetic had to say:
“Here in this tiny town, one weekend a year, meet celebrities, noted authors, humanitarians, presidential descendants, historical luminaries from all over the world. They share with attendees their lives, their struggles and achievements, encouraging and entertaining. This most unusual place and event should be on everyone’s bucket list to attend at least once. However, once you attend, you will be drawn back to return, again and again.” ~ Joseph Yakovetic
To learn more about what going on and the schedule of events, check out their website.
The 2019 festival dates are: April 24th thru April 27th.
Tickets went on sale President's Day, February 18th, 2019. The festival is open to the public, and is free, unless otherwise noted. Reserve your seat early! For a full list of ticket prices, check here.
Events requiring tickets include:
Descendants of Presidents are invited to come and share their stories. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Cleveland, Ford, these are just a few of the Presidents that have been represented at the Cherry Blossom Festivities. Celebrities with ties to Missouri are also invited.
Get your tickets today and pencil it in on the calendar!!