an exciting line-up of activities for the 38th Annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival during a press conference in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Tuesday, April 1. The festival begins Saturday, April 5, with the Cherry Blossom Challenge Bicycle Race and concludes on Sunday, April 13, with the Bloomfest community festival.Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced
Pictured above with the county executive are Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff William Payne; Essex County Director of Cultural and Historic Affairs Kate Hartwyk; David Norton, Director of Sales and Service, and Tracy Pingalore, Account Executive, both from Aetna; Branch Brook Park Alliance Co-Chair Barbara Bell Coleman; Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura and Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante.
The cherry blossom display in Essex County Branch Brook Park is larger than the national display in Washington, DC, and is the most diverse collection of cherry blossom varieties in the world. Aetna is sponsoring the Cherry Blossom Festival for the fifth consecutive year.
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