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Macon missing blossoms for festival

POSTED: March 15, 2010 12:52 p.m.
MACON - Something's going to be missing from Macon's annual Cherry Blossom Festival when it begins later this week. Namely, cherry blossoms.

Officials say there probably won't be any cherry blossoms visible for the festival when it starts on Friday because of the unusually cold temperatures this winter.

Bibb County's cooperative extension agent, Karol Kelly, says the blossoms don't come out until it's been consistently warm during the day. Other trees are starting to bloom, but not Macon's Yoshino cherry trees.

Still, festival founder Carolyn Crayton is certain the trees will be blooming by the end of the festival March 28.

Macon calls itself the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World" because of its 300,000 flowering Yoshino cherry trees.

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