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Tickets still available for Apple Blossom auction

WENATCHEE — Tickets are on sale for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival’s “All-Sport Tailgate Party” fundraiser auction on Saturday. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Wenatchee Center Grand Ballroom and includes a buffet dinner, no-host bar, a raffle and live and silent auctions.

Float wins award

LEAVENWORTH — Apple Blossom Festival Float received the best float award during the Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival Saturday. Apple Blossom Queen Elenore Bastian rode on the float.

Apple Blossom floats win awards in Astoria, Omak parades

WENATCHEE — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival queen’s float received the Queen’s Award at the Astoria (Ore.) Regatta Parade Aug. 13. Apple Blossom Queen Elenore Bastian and princesses Elise Shae and Maycee McQuin rode on the float. The festival’s princess float placed third overall at the Omak Stampede Parade Aug. 14. Elissa Smith — an Apple Blossom Top 10 candidate and recipient of the Community Involvement Award — rode on the float.

Apple Blossom Festival princess float wins in Olympia

WENATCHEE — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival float earned the Queen’s Award at Saturday’s Capital Lakefair Grand parade in Olympia. Apple Blossom Queen Elenore Bastian and princesses Elise Shae and Maycee McQuin rode on the float.

Apple Blossom Festival honors top volunteers

WENATCHEE —The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival announced 2011 volunteer awards last month at the Wenatchee Community Center. Award winners were:
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Apple Blossom winners

Apple Blossom Festival officials and Classy Chassis organizers gave these awards during the annual celebration that ended Sunday
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Talking It Over: Apple Blossom Festival was another smooth ride

The Festival has ended, another big year for parades, entertainment of all kinds, food and fun and mostly sunshine. Looking at it from the viewpoint of our honored place near the beginning, Kathy and I, and granddaughter Alyssa, got a first-hand view of the crowds that came to see the big Saturday parade. My, there were a lot of folks lining the street. As part of the head end, we escaped the heavy rain that drenched the last quarter of the entries.

For good or ill, cruising is over

Well, that pretty much does it. Cruising is not an Apple Blossom tradition. It is a former Apple Blossom tradition, remembered mostly by people longing for the beauty years of their early 20s, when spring nights were warm enough to put the top down. The death of cruising is a simple case of majority rule — when police outnumber the cruisers, there is no cruising, there are just a lot of policeman with nothing to do. If you are among the young and the restless, the first weekend in May ...
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Float judges: High marks are in the details

WENATCHEE — Float judges like attention to detail. Sure to gain high marks are floats with smooth fabric seams, border fringe that completely hides wheels, and finished edges on just about everything.

No cruising, no drunken brawls at this year’s festival

WENATCHEE — Gas prices, the weather and smaller crowds combined to make this year’s Apple Blossom uneventful for the Wenatchee Police Department. “Apple Blossom was a non-event from a law enforcement point of view,” said Sgt. John Kruse. “There was no cruising, no drunken pedestrians on Wenatchee Avenue. It was very quiet,” he said.
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Pie eyed

With “apple pie champ” written all over his face, Jedidiah Chambers, 8, chows down Sunday in Memorial Park in the Costco Apple Pie Eating Contest. The Wenatchee boy won the boys 8-12 year old division.

NCW sports briefs

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams were poised to avenge their only loss of the season Saturday, but instead came away with another loss to the Okanogan County Commandos.

Classy Chassis: Cadillac keeps mind of ‘lifelong mechanic’ occupied

WENATCHEE — Two years ago, Owen Hatcher, a retired appliance technician and Malaga resident, suffered a stroke and was hospitalized for four weeks. He lost the ability to focus his eyes, and he suffered irreparable damage to his sense of balance that makes walking a struggle.
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Once a queen … 2001

2001: Rebecca Tinney Personal: She in lives in Los Angeles, where she has launched a fitness program called “The Balance Method.” The program aims to help people change their perspectives on body image, diet and healthy lifestyle.

Blossoms of love

WENATCHEE — Barely acquainted, Rich and Laura were two young faces in the crowded crush of the 1965 Apple Blossom Festival. Carnival rides spun around them, the air filled with excited screams and the scent of caramel corn. Midway callers barked.

Delegates from Misawa tell their earthquake stories

EAST WENATCHEE — Kudo Tomohiko knew enough American history to perk up at hearing “Lewis and Clark” and “cowboys and Indians.” But he’d never heard of Northwest explorer David Thompson until Wednesday. That’s when Kudo learned of the map-maker’s epic voyage down the full length of the Columbia River in 1811, and that’s when Kudo — visiting from Misawa, the Wenatchee Valley’s Japanese sister city — paddled his first canoe, a birch-bark lookalike.
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Bill Steward, Wilfred Woods share grand marshal honors

Ron Berschauer visited Wilfred Woods and William Steward earlier this year to tell them they had been selected as grand marshals for the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade, which will be held Saturday as part of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. Berschauer asked Woods and Steward, two longtime Wenatchee Valley leaders, about some of their career accomplishments. Woods and Steward, however, were reluctant to brag.