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...and princesses present.
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...and princesses present.

During this second weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, tourists and locals will be taking advantage of cherry blossom offerings.

Barbara Erlich is the secretary for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and is proud of her trees. "I am a 40-year resident of Southwest Washington. And if you know your geography, most of the cherry blossom trees are in Southwest."

Erlich has had a few decades to interact with tree-enthusiasts, both here and abroad. "I have been to Japan with Cherry Blossom on several occasions, and the Japanese are so thrilled that we love and respect the gift and how well we take care of the gift."

Tonight, the skies of Southwest will be lit up with fireworks in celebration of the 98th year of the trees' residency in Washington; on Sunday afternoon, the ceremonial lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern begins at 2:30 p.m., with performers, dignitaries and an appearance by the Cherry Blossom Princesses.

Stephanie Kaye has details...

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