The Blossomtime Festival, established in 1906, is Michigan’s oldest and largest multi-community Festival.  We hope you get to join with us in celebrating our beautiful Southwestern Michigan.

About Us

Our Beliefs

The Blossomtime Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational development of young people and the dissemination of information for the purpose of educating the general public as to the value and contribution of agriculture to Southwest Michigan.

Our Traditions

Miss & Mr. Blossomtime

Spanning two days & evenings, 20+ community queens vie for the title of Miss Blossomtime & each community also sends 2 gentlemen to compete for Mr. Blossomtime. They are judged on poise, interviewing skills, community service, & communications as well as stage presence & personality.

Grand Floral Parade

This premiere event draws 250,000 spectators & travels 2 ½ miles through St. Joseph across the bridge into Benton Harbor. The Parade averages 125 units of floral & animated floats, bands, comic characters, antique cars, clowns, equestrian groups, & drill teams.

Run for the Buds

First conducted in 1979, the Run kicks off at 10:30 am Parade Day & travels the same route.


The Blossomtime Festival would like to thank all of the businesses, organizations, and individuals for supporting us in our services to the community.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the backbone of the Blossomtime Festival.

Our volunteers serve in many different roles such as pageant committees, production crew, chaperone duties, Central Queens, parades, and at traditional Blossomtime events.