Gift Shop

Cherry Blossom pins now available at the NEW Cherry Blossom Gift Shop located at 530 Cherry Street, Downtown Macon or any of the Robins Financial Credit Union Branches.

Inspiration for the 35th Anniversary Pin

The inspiration for Mark’s design was based on the theme of “Love, Beauty and International Friendship.” He wanted to showcase both the cherry blossom and the heart in a unifying design to reiterate the love and beauty of thefestival. The “35 in gold and bold” showcases the accomplishment of the 35th anniversary. The leaves represent the span of the festival, with the bottom leaf showing the founding year of 1982 and the top leaf representing the new growth and upward progression to 2017.


Mark Ballard

2017 Pin Artist

Mark Ballard, a Macon native, is well-known as an artist/designer, chef, writer as well as a television and internet personality. He has been involved with the Cherry Blossom Festival in various ways since its beginning. Mark has a BFF from the Atlanta College of Art and his paintings hang in public and private collections across the United States. Learn more about Mark at

Questions about the Souvenir Shop or the official CBF items?

Please contact or call 478-330-7050.

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