Rosa Dohm and the Wunsch Family - Grand Marshals of National Cherry Festival Parades
Rosa Dohm and the Wunsch Family - Grand Marshals of National Cherry Festival Parades
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My friend Barb Wunsch is carrying on her family tradition of being cherry royalty at the National Cherry Festival this year. She follows in the footsteps of her grandmother, Rosa Dohm, who at the age of 100 was the Grand Marshal of the Cherry Royale Parade back in 1974.

This week, Barb and her Wunsch Farms family are the Grand Marshals of the Consumers Energy Community Royale Parade on July 4 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Traverse City. Smokey Bear is the Grand Marshal of the DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade on July 6 at 11:15 p.m.

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Wunsch Farms, a sixth generation cherry and apple farm located on the Old Mission Peninsula, is celebrating their 100th year growing cherries in Northern Michigan this year.

Isaiah Wunch is the CEO of Wunsch Farms and the owner of 120 acres of Peninsula Township orchard land. With his mom Barb, sister Adele, wife Attia and longtime farming partner Raul, he operates more than 1,000 acres of fresh market cherries and apples, distributed throughout the upper Midwest and the world.

From the National Cherry Festival…

“We would like to recognize our Parade Marshals for the Consumers Energy Community Royale Parade and the DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade!

Wunsch Farms, Community Royale Parade: Wunsch Farms is a sixth generation cherry and apple farm located on the Old Mission Peninsula. They are celebrating their 100th year growing cherries in Northern Michigan this year. The family prides themselves on their ability to deliver a particular high quality product to their customers.

Smokey Bear, Cherry Royale Parade: Smokey Bear was born on August 9, 1944, when the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council agreed that a fictional bear named Smokey would be their symbol for the forest fire prevention. We are honored to help Smokey celebrate his 50th Birthday!”

Congrats to the Wunsch/Dohm families for continuing their farm family traditions.

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