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Food fair starts with funnel cakes

WENATCHEE — The food fight is on. Well, no, it's not a fight, but Apple Blossom Festival goers will definitely have to wrestle with their appetites to figure out where to dine over the next 10 days.

A popular chief

Washington State Patrol Chief for a Day Drew Stephens, 9, serves doughnuts to his classmates and other kids attending the Chief for a Day event Thursday at Memorial Park. One of Chief Stephens first official acts was to serve the doughnuts. The event was one of the first in Memorial Park, marking the start of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, which runs through May 3. For a photo gallery and a video of the Chief for a Day event, go to

Photo Gallery: Chief for a Day

The 13th annual Chief for a Day in Memorial Park on Thursday afternoon. The event is part of the official kickoff ceremony for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. The little chiefs at the event were: Cruz Chavez, for Wenatchee Police Department, Alex Reister for Chelan County Sheriff's department, Elijah White for Washington State Fish and Wildlife, Makenna Schwab, East Wenatchee Police Department, Jordan Davidson, Douglas County Sheriff's department, and Drew Stephens representing the Washington State Patrol.

Parade-goers push the envelope for prime seating

WENATCHEE -- Zero hour: 7 a.m. Thursday. The moment before which no chair must be seen along the Apple Blossom Festival parade route, according to the city’s regulation, now into its second year.

It’s Apple Blossom Festival time

Funtastic Shows crew members setup carnival rides in Riverfront Park on Wednesday morning in preparation for start of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival.

Apple Blossom flavors to savor

Taste the wonders of the world with a trip to the food fair at Memorial Park, where 21 vendors will have their booths open daily throughout the festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The stoves start sizzling this Thursday.

Royalty Float Schedule

The Apple Blossom Festival float and royalty will attend these events:

Apple Blossom Junior Royalty

The Junior Royalty will ride in Saturday’s Keyes Fibre Youth Parade. Pictured here, left to right, are Princess Ashleigh Willoughby, Queen Ava Vasquez and Princess Lauren Kert. (Photo provided/Parsons Photography)

Keyes Fibre Youth Parade Lineup

Editor’s note: This is the parade lineup as of April 16. For an up-to-date list, check out the festival website, The youth parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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Classy Chassis to mark 30th year

We love our parades and our classic cars here in the Wenatchee Valley. Put them together and you have the makings of the longstanding local tradition that is the Les Schwab Classy Chassis Parade & Car Show.
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Perfecting the march

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. 

WVC students create queen’s festival float

WENATCHEE -- When the queen's float for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival heads down the Grand Parade route May 2, lots of Wenatchee Valley College students will be watching with pride.

The Apple Citizen

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.