59th Pear Blossom Festival Kicks Off Friday

, Posted: Fri, April 13 2012 at 8:16 AM, Updated: Fri, April 13 2012 at 11:40 AM

Lace up those running shoes and get ready for a weekend of activities.

The Pear Blossom Festival officially starts Friday.

The festival, now in it's 59th year, features a street fair, a 5k and 10 mile run and of course, the parade!

This year's theme is "Pears, Vines, Wines, and Good Times!"

The heart of Medford Pear Blossom Street Fair kicks off the events, starting at 3 pm Friday.

Organizers of the event say they're ready for the big weekend.

"Our strategy at the Y.M.C.A. has been to praise all of the volunteers that have been apart of this run for so many years and if they just come back and do the same thing. We'll have another great year."

The 5k run starts at 7amnd the 10 mile starts at 7:20 on Satuday.

A number of road closures for the parade and run are expected. You are adviced to plan ahead.

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