2018

♦ The 99th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 26-May 6.

Gretta Wiersma was queen. Jessica Murray and Sophie Castillo were princesses. The other Top 10 finalists were finalists were Rebecca Hall, Shayn Stanaway, Estela Navarro, Lauren Thompson, Brynn Sherrell, Brooke Mott and Aryana Villafuerte.

Rachel Carter was junior royalty queen. The princesses were Farrah Moody and Ava Smeller.

Andy Kottkamp was director general. Applarian chancellor was Bryan Campbell.

Janice Lawell was presented the Lehman Johnson Award for her long standing commitment and service to the festival and Wenatchee Central Lions.

♦ The Apple Blossom Festival Association introduced an app to make it easier for people to attend festival events and have all the information they need at their fingertips. The app also allowed users limited participation in the royalty selection pageant.

♦ Washington Apple Commission President Todd Fryhover has a new title — 2018 Apple Industry Citizen of the Year.

♦ The first festival pickleball tournament was held.

Glenn and Miriam Kelly were king and queen of the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center for the festival. Since there was no senior center royalty in 2017, they were crowned by their most recent predecessors, 2016's Will and Sue Linke.

♦ "Guys and Dolls" was the festival musical presented by Music Theatre of Wenatchee. Cast members included Alanna Hamilton, Becca Chambers, Ernest Palmer, Dave Williams, Kevin McKee and Jacob Scott.

♦ Plans for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival's 100th anniversary documentary were announced. The feature-length documentary, filmed by Wenatchee's North 40 Productions, would follow the journey of the 2018 royalty candidates and cover the 99th annual festival, as well as explore the history of Apple Blossom, the apple industry and the Wenatchee Valley through interviews and archival material.

Dan Lewis, retired KOMO-TV news anchor, was the keynote speaker at the all-service club and community luncheon.

♦ Retired orthopedic surgeon Dr. Fred Deal and his 1912 Ford Model T carried Queen Gretta the length of the Keyes Fibre Youth Parade. Deal has been driving in the youth parade over 40 years, more than 25 of those transporting festival queens.

Clyde and Ruth Ballard were the grand marshals. The grand parade sweepstakes award went to the Chewelah community float.

2019

♦ The 100th Apple Blossom Festival take places April 25-May 5.

Savannah Slife is queen; she was also junior royalty princess in 2012. Olivia Lancaster and Elizabeth Popoff are princesses. The other Top 10 finalists are Lorena Zepeda, Bailey White, Ellie Toth, Citlali Gonzalez-Arroyo, Cassidy Cunningham, Maria Elena Metzger and Lucy Gomez.

Teagan Collier is queen of the junior royalty. Princesses are Hannah Roche and Emma Colyar.

Deanna Bollinger is director general. Applarian chancellor is Robin Huffaker.

♦ In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Apple Blossom Festival, North 40 Productions' documentary "A Lot of Fuss About a Parade" premiered April 20 at the Numerica Performing Arts Center.

♦ The Lehman Johnson Award was presented to Jim and Pat McDonald for their service to the festival.

♦ Apple Industry Citizen of the Year is Dalton Thomas.

♦ The 28th limited edition festival art print was created by Marti Lyttle.

Glenn and Miriam Kelly, king and queen of the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center, once again represented area seniors at festival events. They were the center's royal couple last year.

♦ Disney's "Newsies" is Music Theatre of Wenatchee's festival production. The cast included Jeff Heminger, Michael McCormick, Mason Atwood, Kade Devereaux, Blake McCormick, Gabe Kimmel, Grace Orallo, Henry V. Talbot, Isaac Colyar and Jacob Scott.

♦ The Washington State Apple Blossom Ball, a semi-formal event, was held May 3. The event honored the 100-year history of the festival.

Jaya Anantatmula of Eastmont High School took Best of Show honors in the Art 4 Kidz event.

♦ The youth parade grand sweepstakes award went to St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Band.

♦ The great-grandchildren of festival originator Susan Wagner are grand marshals. Mark Farnham and David Wright, and David's wife Dianne, traveled from Auckland, New Zealand to participate in the festival and honor the woman whose idea in 1919 created the grand festival of today.