♦ Patti Parkhill was queen of the 47th Apple Blossom Festival held May 5-8. Princesses were Sharon Reitz and Janice Wood. The Royal Maids were Peggy Ludwick, Sally Scheble, Vikki Grubb, Patti Lewis, Linda Ring, Cammi Cumbo and Pat Byrne.

WENATCHEE — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. From its beginnings in 1919, when a woman from New Zealand proposed the idea for a "blossom day," to today — it's a celebration we've loved over the years.

♦ The Apple Blossom Festival originated in 1919 as "Blossom Day." The one-day event celebrated the importance of the apple industry to the region. Mrs. Ernest Wagner, wife of the district's first apple shipper and a native of New Zealand, came up with the idea. She enjoyed the festivals of h…

Washington State Apple Blossom's 10 royalty candidates have been busy the past few weeks getting ready for the Feb. 9 pageant. Here, they enter a dining room formally set at the Rivertop Bar and Grill atop the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel Tuesday. The etiquette lessons were led by Ann Deal, …

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