Crowds Come Out For Day Two of Cherry Blossom Festival

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Updated: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:11:43 EST

Whether you're racing in beds or high heels, stuffing hot dogs in your face, or just getting your picture taken in front of one, The 32nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival has something for everyone.

Many events Saturday meant more than just winning or losing.

"We out here doing a good thing for the community and stuff," said Michael Hamilton of Macon, right after his group of McDonald's employees participated in the "Pulling for the House" event.

Around 300 people "pulled for the house," raising money for the Ronald McDonald House charities. The organization gives families with sick children a place to stay when traveling to the hospital.

"Once you pull that rope you know you pull that truck, but once you get it moving it's actually you got it going," Hamilton said describing his team pulling a 60,000 lbs tractor trailer.

The High Heel Race raises money to end breast cancer, while the Bed Race and hot dog eating contest is for fun and bragging rights.

"I was hungry and this will be my first time actually being in a eating contest," said Vanessa Ward.

"I came hungry and I just stuffed them in," said hot dog eating contest winner Troy Daniel of Macon.

There were winners, and losers, but everyone watching the events and enjoying the festivities seemed to have a good time.

Cherry Blossom festivities continue Sunday at 8 a.m. with the Cherry Blossom Golf Tournament.

For a full list of event times and locations visit

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