Cars painted pink during Cherry Blossom festival kickoff

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Cars lined up along Riverside Drive at the ACME paint store waiting to be transformed into Cherry Blossom automobiles.

The Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off with a mini-festival Saturday.

Artist Peggy Whyte and her daughter Kelly hand painted cherry blossoms in intricate detail on the autos’ windows and windshields.

The president and CEO of the festival says nearly 40 cars had already been painted by 10 a.m. The mother and daughter team started painting cars at 9 a.m.

“Last year we probably had a couple of thousand cars,” says Cherry Blossom Festival President and CEO, Jake Ferro. “We did two days last year. This year we’re only doing one day, but today was the official day.”

The mini-festival featured vendors selling Cherry Blossom Festival souvenirs, soups, cookies, coffee and other items.

Kids hung out with the festival’s mascot Petals as a “live band” played.

One Jones County man says he and his wife shared in deciding what they wanted painted.

“I came up with the Wayne and the Pam in the middle of the rear window, since she wanted it,” says Wayne Deal about his wife, Pam. “She wanted a little poodle. So, we put the poodles on there and it looks nice.”

The cost for a pink paint job started at $10. Whyte has been painting cars for the festival for more than 18 years.

Cherry Blossom queens posed for pictures and greeted car pink painting customers.

The festival is scheduled to start March 19 in downtown Macon.

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