1936

♦ Jean Driver was queen of the 17th annual Apple Blossom Festival, held May 7-9. Princesses were Gertrude Webb and Betty Fray

♦ The festival executive committee was led by Director General W.S. “Bill” Macy and Associate Director General Clarke Nichols.

♦ A tea and reception for former festival queens was organized by Mrs. Lester L. Gellatly. Among those attending were Ruthella Adams, 1922; Leona Watson, 1928; Shirley Foster, 1930; Lucille Baker, 1933; Roberta Hensel, 1934; and Jean Marlow, 1935. Also present was Mrs. Ernest Wagner, who originally proposed the idea for the festival.

♦ Queen Jean was formally crowned by Gov. Clarence D. Martin. The ceremony took place in Memorial Park. Art school student Alice Snodgrass designed the coronation stage.

♦ The queen’s ball was held in the junior high school gym, with entertainment provided by Ken Warner’s orchestra and chorus, the junior high school chorus under the direction of Mrs. J.J. Clark and Alfred Actor, and dancers Yvonne Doop and Barbara Jensen. Tickets were $1.50 per couple for dancing, and 25 cents for spectators.

♦ About 25,000 people lined 12 city blocks for the two-hour grand parade, with children’s entries leading the procession. The route began on Second Street and followed Wenatchee Avenue to Kittitas Street and then to Mission Street before returning back to Second. E.C. Knoebel was general chairman of the parade committee.

♦ Prize winners in the children’s section of the parade were Verda Pauline Nugent of Leavenworth, first; Ardith Vaughn of Wenatchee, second; and John Goodfellow of Wenatchee, third.

♦ Liberty Orchards took the grand sweepstakes for parade entries. Other divisional winners included the Golden Rule Store, merchants; Chelan, communities; Wenatchee Kiwanis, fraternal and civic organizations; and Wenatchee, schools.

 Lydia Schuh and Clem F. Jordan were married during the festival before a crowd of 10,000 in Memorial Park. The bride was given away by Gov. Martin, and Queen Jean was maid of honor.

1937

Janet Foster was queen of the 18th annual Apple Blossom Festival held April 30-May 1. Her princesses were Betty Kelly and Mary Armstrong.

Ray E. Michael was director general of the festival. Others on the planning committee were Charles D. Flanigan, A.H. Sylvester, Harry Miller, Charles F. Bennett, D.W. Drake, H.W. Hingley, Irwin Jones, Mrs. Willard Abel, Mrs. Earl Bushnell, Fred Stark, A.V. Shephard, Dr. H.F. Morse, Ray Pfau and A.H. Tuttle.

♦ Centennial Flour Milling Co. captured the sweepstakes float in the grand parade. Other division winners were Aplets & Cotlets, commercial; Wenatchee grade schools, civic, fraternal and schools; and East Wenatchee, communities. Gov. Clarence D. Martin was one of many dignitaries riding in the parade.

♦ The queen’s ball was held at the school gymnasium. Following the entrance of the royal court, a 100-voice choir performed under the direction of Mrs. J.J. Clark and Alfred Actor. Georgia Green and the Cashmere Symphonettes, appearing with Kenneth Warner and his orchestra, furnished the entertainment for the evening. There were 500 couples on the dance floor with 1,200 people watching from the balcony. The theft of the queen’s crown during the event was the only mishap.

♦ A basket lunch picnic, organized by the Grange, was attended by about 3,000 people at Tourist Park.

♦ An interscholastic track meet between Ellensburg, Cle Elum and Wenatchee was held at Recreation Park.

♦ The coronation ceremony was held Saturday on the courthouse lawn. Mrs. Ira Wares was in charge. Following the ceremony, a royal pageant and concert by the 13th U.S. Navy Band was held.

♦ The Wenatchee Chiefs and the Yakima Pippins faced off in a Western International League game at Recreation Park. Queen Janet participated in the opening.

♦ Evening activities included a carnival at Columbia Street and Orondo Avenue, dances at the Elks Temple auditorium, Eagles Temple and Memorial Hall, and fireworks on the courthouse lawn.