Leo Club volunteers at 36th annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Members’ behind the scenes preparations of the yearly Cupertino tradition celebrating relations with sister city Toyokawa

Charlotte Chui

On Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, Cupertino residents enjoyed a weekend of festivities at the 36th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which honors the friendly relationship between Cupertino and its sister city, Toyokawa, located in Japan. Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, the event was hosted at Memorial Park, the Quinlan Community Center and the Cupertino Senior Center. The festival included a multitude of entertainment to delight attendees — attendees could  watch Japanese martial arts and dance performances, survey exhibits, make arts and crafts, enjoy food and beverages and buy Japanese apparel and crafts sold at the various vendors’ booths. This festival, however, required extensive set up behind the scenes. Click through the slideshow below to gain insight into the preparation required for the Cherry Blossom Festival and how MVHS Leo Club members aided in the process.