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Fees For National Cherry Blossom Festival This Year

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Visitors will be charged $5 to enter the Japanese street festival on April 9.
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Visitors will be charged $5 to enter the Japanese street festival on April 9.

Organizers say a $5 fee will help cover the $300,000 it costs to produce the Japanese street fair on April 9. Steven Woodliff is one of thousands still expected to attend, despite the fee.

"Five bucks isn't a lot to pay, but I'm used to a lot of things being free in the city," he says.

This year's entertainment will take place behind a six-foot-high fence, which organizers will put up along Pennsylvania Avenue, between 9th and 14th Streets. The $5 ticket covers access to crafts, entertainers, exhibits and lectures.

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More Than Just Saying 'Cheese,' Hundreds Sit Test To Become Official Experts

The American Cheese Society will begin proctoring its next Certified Cheese Professional Exam in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, during the group's annual conference.
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Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

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How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

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