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Apple Blossom royalty top 10

The Top 10 candidates for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival royalty were announced Wednesday at the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee. Two princesses and a queen will be chosen from the group at the 2013 Royalty Selection Pageant on Feb. 9 at the Wenatchee High School Auditorium.
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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.

Miss Veedol prepares for flight

Spirit of Wenatchee crew members put one of the wings on the Miss Veedol as the aircraft is reassembled after its trip to Japan last year. The aircraft arrived back in Wenatchee last September, but because it was the end of the flying season, the crew decided to wait till spring to reassemble it. According to spokesman Jake Lodato, it takes about two days to put the plane together and they plan to have it ready for Apple Blossom Festival appearances. Cadets from the Pangborn Composite Squadron of Civil Air ...

Mandatory meeting set for royalty candidates

WENATCHEE — Mandatory meetings for prospective 2012 Apple Blossom Festival royalty candidates will be Dec. 1 at noon, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St. High school senior girls interested in being in the royalty court must attend one of the meetings.

Tickets still left for Apple Blossom auction

WENATCHEE — Tickets are on sale for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival’s fundraiser auction on Oct. 9. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Wenatchee Center and includes a buffet dinner, no-host bar and live and silent auctions.

Spell ‘Blossom’

“Your word is ‘comedy.’ ” “Can you use it in a sentence?” “ ‘Tragedy is when I stub my toe; comedy is when you fall down a manhole and die.’ ”
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Cruise the Blossom bands

WENATCHEE — The bandshell entertainment continues through this weekend for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. Get your fill of country, blues, rock and folk at the Memorial Park stage, amid the odors of the food fair, all for free.
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Park playtime

Not far from the swirling aromas of the food fair, the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival offers a buffet of another sort.

Going off-campus

Don’t miss these other Apple Blossom entertainment events, taking place apart from the Memorial Park site.

Mandatory meeting for royalty candidates

WENATCHEE — Mandatory meetings for prospective 2010 Apple Blossom Festival royalty candidates will be Dec. 2 at noon, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 127 S. Mission St.

Sheriff questions high-speed pursuit

WENATCHEE — Chelan County Sheriff Mike Harum is questioning whether officers should have begun a high-speed pursuit last month that ended shortly after a sheriff’s sergeant totaled his patrol car.

Longtime Applarians will get their due

Parades, dignitaries, banquets, trips to area towns, tons of handshaking, and some of the loveliest festival queens in the Pacific Northwest.

Eastmont Junior High School band gets crowd jazzed

The Eastmont Junior High School band took to the Apple Blossom entertainment stage to perform several jazz standards, as well as a few modern tunes for the crowd in Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon.
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Apple Blossom Junior Royalty

2009 Apple Blossom Festival Junior Royalty, from left, Princess Lili Italiane, Queen Evie Hyde and Princess Kyra Kissel. The trio will ride in Saturday's Keyes Fibre Youth Parade.