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Everyone has his or her favorite part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Nicole Sexton says for her, it's simple.

"After you get done with the rides," she said, "you go get a slushie, and that's my favorite part."

But she'll have to wait a year to get another Cherry Blossom slushie. The festival wrapped up Sunday with a closing ceremony on the lawn at Wesleyan College.

"We have seen visitors from throughout the world and throughout the country," said Festival Chairman Steve Farr.

He says having ten days of beautiful weather brought out more than 200,000 people, including David Elsworth and his three-year-old daughter Nora.

"Nora and I earlier this week went to the pink pancake breakfast."

Elsworth says for his family, it's been a week and a half of invaluable memories.

"Chery Blossom is just a good opportunity for everybody to bring their families out and enjoy this weather this time of year and spend some quality time with your family," he said.

Debbie Johnson says the end of Cherry Blossom means she'll have to retire her pink wig.

"I said, you know, I really like this, so I bought it, and I've worn it for two weeks," she said. "My husband's tired of it."

But she'll pull it out again when the cherry blossoms bloom next year and bring her family closer.

"My daughter comes down from Charlotte every year to bring her kids to the festival because she went to it when she lived here. So that's why I like it too."

The night was capped with a fireworks display. It was the cherry on top of a week packed with fun and memories, but it also starts the countdown to Cherry Blossom 2013.

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