1952

♦ The 33rd Apple Blossom Festival was held May 2-3.

♦ Glenn A. Woods was director general.

♦ On April 24, members of the Soroptimist Club of Wenatchee entertained the festival royalty, their mothers and the chaperones during their noon luncheon meeting at the Cascadian Hotel. Honored guests were Queen Virginia Click and Princesses Ann Marie Ware and Jeanette Bommer. Mrs. Ernest Wagner, who helped to establish the festival, was also in attendance. During the event, Mrs. Fern Cousineau Duncan, on behalf of the Soroptimists, presented the queen with her jeweled crown and scepter. Duncan had designed and created the crown and scepter for several years.

♦ Mrs. James Wade was chairwoman of a festival cookie sale downtown, sponsored by Orthopedic Auxiliary K. Assisting her were Mrs. James B. Goodfellow Jr., Mrs. Earl Pratt and Mrs. Robert Shoun.

♦ The “starlight” coronation of Queen Virginia was held in the Apple Bowl, led by Gov. Arthur B. Langlie. The program included a fairy tale, “Quest for a Queen,” presented by Wenatchee High School under the direction of Lillian Grace Brown and assisted by the Wenatchee Collegiate Troupers.

♦ Blue Bird Queen Sue Bowman and her Princesses Pat Sampson and Paulette Johnson led the junior parade with over 3,250 youngsters participating.

♦ The premier attraction at the Appleland Band Review was a musical story, “Aluminum Comes to the Apple Valley.” Narrator was Lynn Degerstedt, of Alcoa in Vancouver.

♦ A float from Liberty Orchards (Aplets and Cotlets) won the grand parade sweepstakes. Cashmere took the community sweepstakes.

♦ Highlighting the intermission at the queen’s ball was Elaine Harris, American Legion national champion majorette and eight-time Washington state baton twirling champion.

♦ A Palomino quarter horse stallion owned by Tom Larson of Wenatchee was among the entries in the Appleatchee Horse Show during the festival. The royal court arrived in a horse-drawn buggy.

♦ The grand finale of the festival included an exhibition by a team of gymnasts from Washington State College and a fireworks spectacular.

1954

♦ The 34th Apple Blossom Festival was held May 8-9.

♦ Carolyn Ellis was queen and princesses were Jean Low and JoAnn Heffner.

♦ Fred Campbell was director general. Among the volunteers in charge of festival arrangements were Joe Welty Jr., Frank Neher, Al Reynolds, Harold Bidwell, Mark Code, Keith Arrowsmith, Larry Erickson, Charles A. Greninger, Jim Mills, Joe Brownlow and Ralph Camp.

♦ The royal court traveled to Olympia to visit with Gov. Arthur B. Langlie and promote the festival through newspaper, radio and television calls. Upon their return home, Queen Carolyn took part in the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce’s 50th anniversary celebration.

♦ The Wenatchee Junior Chamber of Commerce kicked off the festival button sales campaign at a rally on April 17 along Wenatchee Avenue. Among those in charge were Bob MacDougall, Jack Watkins, Bruce Gellatly, Arnold Stevens, Kyle Younker and Earl Pratt. Mayor Arthur Pohlman was the first to purchase a button.

♦ Queen Carolyn and Princesses Jean and JoAnn met three other festival princesses during a reception at Rock Island School. The trio greeted Princess Badger Mountain Lucille Doneen, Princess Rock Island Mary Jo Brandenberg and Princess Waterville Eva Mittelstaedt.

♦ Festival Blue Bird royalty for the junior parade were Lucille Smith, queen; and Marlene Marr and Virginia Lodge, princesses. John Rutherford was chairman of the parade.

♦ The coronation of Queen Carolyn featured the theme “Song of the River.” Lt. Gov. Emmett T. Anderson presided.

♦ An exposition was also held in conjunction with the festival, a new feature this year. Organizations and agencies — such as the U.S. Forest Service, state Game Department and the Keep Washington Green campaign — prepared displays of agricultural, industrial and recreational resources from around the state.

♦ Donald Dunn, last year’s Farm-in-a-Day winner near Moses Lake, was selected to be the grand parade marshal. Dunn was invited as a salute to the Columbia Basin.

♦ For the 26th year, the Liberty Orchards float from Cashmere was named grand sweepstakes winner. The entry carried out the state’s centennial theme. Alcoa won first place in the commercial division.