1924

♦ The fifth annual Apple Blossom Festival was held May 1-3. The event coincided with the dedication of the new Chelan County Courthouse.

♦ Rowena Burns was queen. Her attendants were Doris Ovenden, Betty Graham, Zelma Loudenback and Marjorie GrahamGeorge Seaman was named King Apple.

♦ General chairman was George C. Jones.

♦ A school pageant at the Apple Blossom amphitheater kicked off the festivities. Among the performances was a maypole dance featuring Kathryn Lewis, June Mickel, Maxine Bruce, Jean Vermilya and Jane Worthly. Viola Belle Austin was crowned princess of spring.

♦ More than 100 floats and 3,000 children participated in the industrial parade. Businesses offered "samples" to spectators such as Aplets from Liberty Orchards, a glass of Orange Crush from Wenatchee Bottling Works, an ice cream sandwich from Meadowmoor Dairy, Apple Blossom candy kisses from the P.C. Biscuit Co. and a slice of wedding cake from Wenatchee Milling Co. A gold coach trimmed in apple blossoms and its white horses with gold harnesses took first prize in the parade. The coach was designed by Mrs. J.E. Ferguson.

♦ Wellington Pegg delivered the prologue for the pageant telling of the development of the Northwest. It was written by A.H. Sylvester. The "Dance of the Apples," directed by Rene J. Bray, was one of the most widely received performances of the event. Dancers included Addie Hamilton, Margaret Kinney, Ann Reading, Dorothy Sumner, Elizabeth Jordan, Jewel Jenkins and Eva Cornell. Frank Slyde was in charge of the pageant for the second year.

♦ A bridal bouquet used in the pageant was a gift of Harry L. Davenport of the Hotel Davenport in Spokane. 

♦ A Trinidad community float was entered in the parade through the combined efforts of the school, PTA, Priscilla Club and the Fruit Growers Union. With the theme "Alice in Wonderland," the float featured a color scheme of apple green, pink and white. The float took first prize in its first time of participating.

1925

♦ The sixth annual Apple Blossom Festival was held May 8-9.

♦ Among those in charge of arrangements were M.U. Meenach, Mrs. John Duff, Benton Bangs, Mrs. Ray Runyan, Mrs. W.E. Nelson, M.J. Flynn, W.M. Anderson and Cliff Godfrey. Ward Jesseph was the general chairman.

Hilma Erickson was queen. Bernice Burkhart and Francis Faris were personally chosen by Queen Hilma to be her princesses. Other attendants and their sponsors were Genevieve Owens, Elks Club; Letha Parsons, Rebekahs; Doris Ovenden, Lions Club; Ida Taylor, American Legion; Elaine Foster of Cashmere, Eagles; and Dorotha Ludington, Rotary Club.

Weldon Yerxa reigned as King Apple.

♦ Queen Hilda received a congratulatory telegram from the Warner Brothers Film Co.: "Wenatchee and its Apple Blossom Festival... a great artistic achievement. You are to be thanked and congratulated."

♦ A track tournament was held at Recreation Park. Wenatchee won with 75 points, followed by Tonasket with 29.

♦ Maypole dances were held at street intersections while the royal court and 3,000 children marched in the school parade ending at Memorial Park where coronation ceremonies were held.

♦ A Friday evening parade, a first for the festival, was held with powerful lights installed along Wenatchee Avenue to illuminate the passing floats. More than 9,000 people watched the parade with nearly 100 floats. The main blossom parade was held Saturday. Sweepstakes winner was the queen's float, designed by members of the Wenatchee High School faculty and student body with materials furnished by Pomona Grange. Other prize-winning entries were Entiat, communities; Rotary, organizations; Puget Sound Power & Light, commercial; Wenatchee Produce Co., growers; and Wenatchee Business College, schools.

♦ The "world's largest telephone" was the main feature of the float entered by the Farmers Telephone & Telegraph.

♦ The history of the apple in song, story, tradition and fact was featured in a pyrotechnic pageant at Recreation Park as the final event of the festival.