♦ The 71st Apple Blossom Festival was held April 27-May 6.
♦ The royal court were Queen Jennifer Williams and princesses Jennifer Running, Nicole Davis, Katie Odenrider, Anne Rowley, Kimberly Van Hoven, Amy Atwood, Wendy West, Tara Holliday and Jennifer Jakubal.
♦ Bill Dodge was director general.
♦ Jim Telford was Applarian chancellor. The Applarians presented a $1,500 scholarship to Queen Jennifer and scholarships of $200 were presented to the other royal court members. The festival booster organization had contributed about $100,000 for royalty scholarships over the past 30 years. Funds for the scholarships this year were raised from the Lucky Ducky River Derby, a new festival event.
♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee's festival production was "Camelot." In key roles were Woody Allabough, Kathleen Welsh and Matt Baldwin.
♦ Cordell Neher & Co received the Lehman Johnson Award for volunteer hours spent in tabulation of the pageant competition and its involvement in many other festival events.
♦ George Sisler was honored as Apple Industry Citizen of the Year at the all-service club luncheon. Wenatchee High School band director Gene "Sarge" Huber was also honored for community service. Keynote speaker at the luncheon was Washington State University President Dr. Samuel Smith.
♦ Roger and Elizabeth Johnson represented senior citizens at the festival.
♦ Pat McMaster of Entiat and his 1934 Ford coupe took home the People's Choice Award at the festival's Motorsports Northwest Car Show.
♦ Jack Lyons of Entiat won the Best of Show ribbon and $50 for the paper-mache Thunderbird he entered in the festival's Kidzart contest, a new festival event.
♦ Michael Stevenson's 1960 Corvette took the Queen's Choice Award in the Classy Chassis parade.
♦ "Twins are Tops," presented by the Mothers of Twins Club, won the Director's General's Award in the youth parade.
♦ Grand parade sweepstakes winner was "A Royal Fanfare," the float entry from the New Westminster (B.C.) Hyak Festival. Among dignitaries appearing in the parade were Congressman Sid Morrison and a sister city delegation from Misawa, Japan.
♦ The 72nd Apple Blossom Festival was held April 26-May 5.
♦ Holly Lane was queen. Princesses were Fabiola Barbosa, Natalie Avey, Jill Pollock, Jennifer Eakin, Erin Charlton, Shanna Keisz, Elese Harrison, Harmony Kartchner and Shanna Grant.
♦ Dr. David Parks was director general. Robert Snyder was Applarian chancellor.
♦ The fastest gas-powered car in the country was featured at the Wenatchee Valley Street Rods festival car show. Ed Tradup and Richard Thomason of Brewster showed off "Danny Boy," the vehicle that zoomed faster than 300 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
♦ Music Theatre of Wenatchee presented "Paint Your Wagon" for its 30th anniversary year. Cast members included Patrick Murphy, Marcia Turner, Barry Heminger, John McQuaig and Doug Kropff.
♦ The Lehman Johnson Award was presented to Marilyn Reeves for her long-standing volunteer service to the festival.
♦ The 724th Air Force Band from McChord Air Force Base made its eighth and final appearance at this year's festival. The band was de-activated by the government a few months later.
♦ The Spirit of Festival Award for the youth parade went to the Montessori Children's School of Wenatchee, led by Debora Abbott-Nuckolls.
♦ George and Myrna Gallaway of Wenatchee represented area seniors in the grand parade.
♦ Fred Deal and his 1912 Ford T touring car won the Mayor's Choice Award at the Classy Chassis parade.
♦ Nine Desert Storm Marines of Company B riding in the grand parade drew cheers and applause all along the route. "It's just awesome, totally unbelievable," said Sgt. Greg Parks. He was joined by Cpl. Brian Ogilbie, Pfc. Troy Huffman and Lance Cpls. Mark Bolz, Bill Brender, Mac Cordell, Darren Mihelich, Jed Odenrider and Rob Umbeck. All were Central Washington veterans of the Persian Gulf War.
♦ The pre-parade show was moved to Recreation Park due to construction of the new Apple Bowl. The New Westminster (B.C.) Hyak Festival float took grand parade sweepstakes. The Manson Apple Blossom Festival float took the Director General's Trophy.