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Cherry Blossom Festival named Best Festival in the Southeast

CONYERS - With the 27th annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival set to start next weekend at the Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers officials announced the event was recognized for the second year in a row as one of the best festivals in the country.

The 2007 CBF was awarded the Best Festival in the Southeast with a budget under $75,000 by the International Festivals and Events Association at their Kaleidoscope Awards Banquet held in February.

"These festivals truly reflect the work of the GIHP staff, our festival sponsors and the volunteers who put a lot of effort into making events like the Cherry Blossom Festival a success," said Jennifer Bexley, director of the Horse Park.

In addition to the Best Festival award, the CBF also received the 2007 gold award for Best T-Shirt Design and the GIHP inaugural Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival T-shirt received a bronze award. Both T-shirts were designed by the local company Blue Frog Studios.

"These awards are a tribute to our staff and recognize the hard work they do to not only make the Cherry Blossom Festival a community event, but a regional one as well because without them none of this would be possible," Mayor Randy Mills said.

The 2008 CBF takes place March 29 and 30 at the Grand Prix Plaza located in the Horse Park.

The festival features more than 300 arts and crafts exhibitors, a variety of ongoing entertainment being presented on multiple stages throughout the grounds, children's activities and numerous food vendors.

The Cherry Blossom Festival was first held on the grounds of the former Maxell building on Parker Road as a community gathering. It has since moved to the Horse Park, a larger venue, and has turned into a popular regional event.

Ric Latarski can be reached at ric.latarski@rockdalecitizen.com.