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National Cherry Blossom Festival In Washington D.C. Will Start March 26

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WASHINGTON -- The National Park Service has announced the peak bloom dates for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Chief Hortoculturalist Rob DeFeo predicted Thursday that the pink and white blossoms will be at their best from March 26 to April 3. He says the period is slightly earlier than some years in the past, and that there are many signs in other plants of an early spring.

This year's festival runs from March 26 to April 10.

Organizers say there will be a $5 entry fee this year to the Japanese street fair, one of the festival's most popular events. However most festival events are still free, including a walk past the popular cherry blossoms.

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