The Eastmont High School marching band practices around East Wenatchee on Thursday. This is the first week of the year they have taken to the streets to perfect their marching and playing style in preparation for the Apple Blossom Festival's grand parade next month.
We have come to appreciate the Washington Apple Blossom Festival’s annual announcement of its Apple Citizen of the Year, both for the honors it bestows and for its educational value. The tree fruit industry can be a bit of a closed shop. Those of us on the outside are sometimes unaware of the accomplishments and contributions that advance agriculture and conservation, and therefore have great effect on our local economy and daily life. The award recognizes individuals whose efforts have helped make this the true Apple Capital of the World.
Selection of the 2015 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty begins with the announcement of 37 young women from the Wenatchee and Eastmont school districts. They will compete for a chance to be chosen as one of the 10 candidates who will vie for the Royal Court, consisting of a queen and two princesses.
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.
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.
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.