Each March, Macon becomes a pink, cotton-spun paradise as over 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in all their glory. For 10 days, festival-lovers are treated to one of the most extravagant displays of springtime color in the nation as they visit the town referred to by Congressional records as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. The 2020 Festival is March 27-April 5, and it will celebrate 39 years as the Pinkest Party on Earth.
The Festival’s roots began in 1949 with William A. Fickling Sr., a local realtor who, awed by a Yoshino cherry tree found in his backyard, began propagating and sharing them with the community. In 1982, then Executive Director for the Keep MaconBibb Beautiful Commission, Carolyn Crayton, launched the festival to celebrate the Yoshino’s beauty and to honor Fickling for his generous contributions. Now a thriving community organization that operates around the basic principles of “love, beauty, and international friendship,” the Festival recently received the prestigious title of Best Festival in the World from the International Festivals and Events Association, and was named a Top 20 Event for March 2020 by the Southeast Tourism Society.