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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.
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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