What started as a kind gesture of friendship between two different cultures has literally blossomed over the past 30 years into an event which draws tens of thousands of people — the annual Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival.

This year's festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 26 and March 27 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. More than 300 local and regional vendors are expected. The lineup includes children's activities, food, arts and crafts, continuous entertainment, international music and performances, and civic and non-profit organizations. Admission is free. Parking is $5.