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CHAGRIN FALLS -- Memorial Day weekend is also the four-day Blossom Time weekend in Chagrin Falls for the last 56 years.

From Thursday through Sunday, more than 100,000 people will visit thetiny, 2.4-mile-square village in Northeastern Ohio, with a regular population of 4,113.

It's a four-day celebration organized and run bythe all-volunteer efforts of theChagrin Valley Jaycees.

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They donate their profits -- about $30,000 annually -- to local charities.

Overall, Blossom Time started at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and ends at 10 p.m. Sundayannually on the Memorial Day weekend.

It all started Thursday night at 5:30 when the carnival rides opened in downtown's Riverside Park and the Blossom Queen was crowned in the Big Top Tent at 6 p.m.

This year's Blossom Time Queen is Jen Andrews.

This year's theme is "Blossom Time: The Sky's the Limit!" in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ohioan John Glenn's first orbit, the first man in space for the U.S.

For Sunday's 56th annual parade, the grand marshal is U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

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The carnival is in Riverside Park and know thatthere's a new Ferris Wheel that is 67 feet tall, 27 feet higher than the previous wheels.

Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. was also the Hot Air Balloon Glow up at Chagrin Falls High School at 400 East Washington Street. That's where they tether the two dozen balloons and engage the burners so the balloons "glow."

The hot air balloons race all weekend.

On Friday,the carnival started at 2 p.m.

Saturday was Kid's Day 9:30 a.m. to noon in the BTT, with games and prizes, all for free.

Know that most events every day are free and there's no admission charge to get in but you need to buy tickets to ride the rides and, of course, pay for your own food.

The carnival rides opened at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,the annual Taste of Chagrin in Triangle Park got underway with more food in the downtown area.

Sunday kicked off withthe 36th annual Blossom Time 5.25k Run and Walk in the morning, with the start time at 9 a.m. at the historic falls.

From10 a.m. to 6 p.m., there was the annual Taste of Chagrin in Triangle Park, where restaurants bring ineven more food.

At 2 p.m.Sunday, the 56th annual Blossom Time parade stepped off from the highschool and winds down East Washington Street to Triangle Park.

WKYC-TV, one of the Blossom Time sponsors,will have reporters/anchors Kris Pickel, Hollie Strano, Amanda Barren, Erin Kennedy and Tom Meyer in the parade.

After the parade, at 4 p.m., there was an Old Time BaseBall game in the front field ofthe high school, where they play the game like they did in the 19th century.

Note: The carnival and Riverside Park close at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday. Also know that Blossom Time ends Sunday night.

On Monday, there's theannual Memorial Day parade from Triangle Park to Evergreen Cemetery to honor the veterans. It starts at 10 a.m. in Triangle Park and winds its way to the cemetery, where services will be held.

In addition to Blossom Time, theChagrin Valley Jaycees decorate downtown Chagrin Falls every year for the Christmas season, raising all the funds for the decorations and installing them all for free, at no expense to the village.

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