♦ The 75th Diamond Jubilee Apple Blossom Festival was held April 28-May 8.
♦ The festival board changed a longtime policy to allow private school and home school students to compete for the royal court.
♦ Queen was Heather Hopkins. Her princesses were Stacie Turner and Alyson Brinton. The other Top 10 finalists were Lisa Pannell, Cami Gage, Sarah Jacobsen, Michelle Applegarth, Stephanie Davis, Valerie Shiflett and Silvia Mora.
♦ The junior royalty program began. Keisha Fulbright was queen. Princesses were Amy Bruggman and Alicia James.
♦ Susan Droz was director general. Joe Gaspers was Applarian chancellor.
♦ Jim and Corinne Telford received the Lehman Johnson Award for their longstanding volunteer service to the festival.
♦ "The Music Man" was produced by Music Theatre of Wenatchee for the festival. Cast members included Roy Draggoo, Susan Gubsch, Nancy Missal, Bonnie Van Hoven, Colleen Bowen and Jean Larson.
♦ Local artist Walter Graham produced an original painting to be used for the festival's official art print.
♦ Apple-A-Day Care Center of Wenatchee took the Spirit of Festival Award in the youth parade for its "Diamonds in the Rough" entry.
♦ Royalty from past years and other festival officials attended the queen's ball, a traditional festival event from earlier years that was brought back for the Diamond Jubilee celebration. Gov. Mike Lowry attended to crown Queen Heather and share the first dance with her. Many of the old traditions were revived that night including having two trainbearers follow behind the festival queen. They were cousins Robin and Sara Wade of East Wenatchee. They were the third generation in the Wade family to be given the honor.
♦ Bob Crandell, owner of Crandell Fruit Co. in Wenatchee, was selected as Apple Industry Citizen of the Year.
♦ Grady Auvil was grand parade marshal. The parade also featured past royalty from 1920 through 1993. Seattle's Seafair float took grand sweepstakes.
♦ Jean Smith of Ellensburg won the second Search for Granny Smith Contest, sponsored by the Washington Apple Commission.
♦ The 76th Apple Blossom Festival was held April 27-May 7.
♦ Queen was Mari Foreman. Princesses were Tabitha Alexander and Tanya Rodriguez. The other Top 10 finalists were Jeanene Price, Jenny Savage, Nicole Rudin, Rachel Kutch, Courtney Mertes, Mary Schoenwald and Sadie Moss.
♦ The junior royalty were Queen Rachel Cooper, and Princesses Katrina Griffith and Andrea Johnson.
♦ Director general was Jeff Smith. Jerry Trandum was Applarian chancellor.
♦ The Lehman Johnson Award was presented to Bob and Lottie Snyder for their longstanding volunteer service to the festival.
♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee's festival production was "Oliver!" Cast members were Paul Atwood, Leslee Pike, Carol Bowen, Stuart Campbell, Nathan Davis, David Demuth, Tricia Rose, Julie Moffat, Chuck Rose, Mike Ward, Gary Riesen, Kiffin Smoke, Cody Gillin and Deborah Lawton.
♦ Jan Cook Mack produced an original painting for the festival's official art print.
♦ Jim Wade was named the Apple Industry Citizen of the Year.
♦ Bob and Lottie Snyder received the Lehman Johnson Award for their long-standing volunteer service to the festival.
♦ Aaron McConnell's pen and ink "Magnolia" took the $200 Best of Show prize at the festival Kidzart show.
♦ The youth parade was dedicated to the children of Oklahoma City who died or were injured in the April 19 bomb blast. Among winning entries were My School Preschool, Apple-A-Day Care Center, Jack and Jill Preschool and Les Enfants.
♦ Charles and Lynn Rittig's 1957 Ford took the Apple Blossom Royalty trophy for the Classy Chassis parade.
♦ Washington State University head football coach Mike Price was grand parade marshal. A circus-style float was Ken and Glenda Goedde's final tribute to the festival before retiring. The design complemented the festival theme, "Beyond Imagination." The Cashmere couple had built the royalty float for 10 years.
♦ Ginny Walsh of Houston, Texas, was selected over eight other regional finalists in the Search for Granny Smith Contest. Master of ceremonies for the event was veteran actor Wilford Brimley.