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Floats load up awards

WENATCHEE — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival float and the princess float have come home with two state awards The Apple Blossom Festival float earned the Governor’s Award at the Capital Lakefair Grand parade in Olympia on July 21. Apple Blossom Queen Samantha Allen and princesses Devyn Huylar and Hayley Brown rode on the float.

Float picks up award

WENATCHEE — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival queen’s float earned the Friendship Award at Saturday’s Marysville Strawberry Festival Parade. Apple Blossom Queen Samantha Allen and princesses Devyn Huylar and Hayley Brown rode on the float. They were escorted by members of the Wenatchee Applarians, including Chancellor Kathy Fortner-Lewis and Director General Adele Haley.

Apple Blossom princess float takes first

WENATCHEE — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Princess Float earned first place in the Ephrata Sage & Sun Parade Saturday. Junior Royalty Queen Gwen McQuaig and princesses Megan Creek and Savannah Slife rode on the float.

Apple Blossom floats win awards at festivals

WENATCHEE — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival float received third place in the International Floats division at the New Westminster Hyack Festival Parade on May 26. New Westminster is in British Columbia.

Apple Blossom float wins awards in parades

WENATCHEE — The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival float received the outstanding community float award at the Manson Apple Blossom parade on May 12. The float also earned a third-place Grand Marshal’s award at the Spokane Lilac Torchlight parade on May 19.

Seeking your Apple Blossom Festival photos

If you and your family took some cute Apple Blossom Festival photos then send them in. We’re looking for photos of kids and families enjoying the festival. Photo subjects and/or photographers must live in the World’s circulation area: Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties and the western part of Grant County, including Quincy, Ephrata, Soap Lake and George. Send photos by email to, with Your News Reader Scrapbook in the subject line, or mail to Your News Reader Scrapbook, The Wenatchee World, P.O. Box 1511, Wenatchee, WA 98807-1511.

Apple Blossom winners

Scores of ribbons, plaques and certificates were handed out during the recently completed Apple Blossom Festival and Classy Chassis. Here is the list of award winners:Stemilt Growers Grand Parade

Locals win Apple Blossom races

WENATCHEE — Two Wenatchee High School students won the men’s and women’s 5K races at Saturday’s Apple Blossom Run.

Love a parade? Last-minute entries give Grand Parade a boost

WENATCHEE — Parade entries may not have strictly followed this year’s theme of “Walking on Sunshine.” But they did just about everything else under the sun. Floats glided, bands marched, motorcycles weaved, gymnasts tumbled and horses clip-clopped as the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade rolled through downtown Saturday to highlight the 93rd annual Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Serving up 23 years of warm welcomes

WENATCHEE — It was 6 a.m. on parade day, a chilly 43 degrees with clear blue skies and a 100 percent chance of doughnuts. In fact, one of the first tasks Saturday for Greg Oakes, who wrapped up 23 years as hospitality coordinator for the Stemilt Growers Grand Parade at the 93rd annual Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, was to welcome the volunteer crew from Albertson’s — the people with the yummies.

No rain on this parade

A blooming dogwood tree viewed through a rain-covered windshield Thursday made for colorful spring patterns. It’ll be a rain-free Apple Blossom Festival weekend, but it will be chilly and windy Saturday morning for the start of Stemilt Growers Grand Parade.

Crafting a tradition

Nerida Palacios gets help from Larry Rankin in trying on a bracelet while her boyfriend, Mario Mota, watches. The two were looking at bracelets at the Simplistic Designs booth during setup of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival 37th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair in Memorial Park on Thursday.

Young Life, Community Foundation share grand marshal honor

“We never get in a big rush to choose the grand marshals,” said Darci Waterman, Washington State Apple Blossom Festival administrator. “It is a carefully thought-out choice that takes place over the course of the year.” This year however, the committee in charge of selecting the grand marshals couldn’t decide on anyone. Instead, they went with two organizations: North Central Washington Young Life, and the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Maybe next year

Five-month-old Alexis Lopez isn’t quite old enough to enjoy the full fruits of the food fair at Memorial Park during the Apple Blossom Festival, but you can’t blame her for trying. She and dad, Roberto Lopez of Cashmere, were at the park Sunday for Pepsi-Cola Youth Day.

Reeling from the rides

Funtastic Traveling Shows carnival rides, in a long exposure, are a blur of movement Wednesday night. Part of the Apple Blossom Festival, the carnival runs every night and weekend afternoons through Sunday.

Show time in the park

Dancers from Fabulous Feet perform on Tuesday evening at the Memorial Park Stage during the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Once a Queen: Polly Kinney Fields, 1962

Polly has lived in Bonney Lake for 46 years. She and her husband, the late John Fields, had seven children and she has 13 grandchildren. John, her Wenatchee High School sweetheart, died three years ago.