♦ The 15th annual Apple Blossom Festival was held April 13-14.
♦ The earliest apple full bloom date on record for this area was April 11, 1934, a record that survived for 80 years. (That record was broken in 2015 and 2016 when full bloom was reached on April 9.)
♦ Roberta Hensel was queen. Princesses were Lois Pfau and Mary Jane Grant.
♦ Clark Nichols was general chairman.
♦ Other officials involving in planning for the festival were W.S. "Bill" Macy, D.W. Drake, Henry Kruse, Charles Bennett, Paul Scea and Leon Milot.
♦ Queen Roberta traveled throughout the state to promote the festival, accompanied by her chaperone Mrs. Harold Lebo and her publicity man Ray Clark.
♦ Gov. Clarence D. Martin led the Apple Blossom parade with W.T. Clark as guest of honor. Mardi Gras stunts were performed throughout the parade this year for the first time. The grand sweepstakes winner was Wenatchee Junior High School's "Half Century of Progress" float. First place winners in other divisions were Cashmere, out of town floats; Rotary Club, senior lodges and civic organizations; Rainbow Girls, junior lodges and civic organizations; Cashmere school patrol, grade schools; and Cotton Blossoms, children's novelties. Highlights among parade floats were the Golden Rule Department Store, with Peggy Wilburn riding atop a large red apple; and Wenatchee Savings and Loan Association, with a "Hearts and Flowers" theme in the commercial division. The Blue Bell Dairy float featured milk cans front and rear with Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson as passengers.
♦ Queen Roberta accepted the homage of Gov. Martin with royal graciousness as he escorted her to the royal throne at the coronation ceremonies held in Memorial Park before an estimated crowd of 10,000.
♦ West Coast Carnival Shows assumed the bulk of the festival expenses "for the privilege of coming to Wenatchee for the festival."
♦ A fireworks show, staged by the American Legion, was held at Recreation Park. Several bands, bugle crops and drill teams performed.
♦ The 16th Apple Blossom Festival was held May 3-4.
♦ Jean Marlowe was queen. Princesses were Isabelle Haight and Mary Rose.
♦ D.W. "Dudley" Drake was the festival general chairman.
♦ A silver tea musical was held at the Elks Lodge in honor of the royal court. Mrs. Wellington Pegg, Mrs. D.W. Drake, Mrs. J.A. Scaman, Nina Blake, Mrs. J.H. Winstanley and Mrs. C.B. Hughes were in charge of serving. Musical numbers were performed by Mrs. E.F. Thayer, soprano; and Shirley Foster, violin.
♦ Gov. and Mrs. Clarence D. Martin, the queen, her princesses and previous festival queens attended a formal dinner at the Columbia Hotel prior to the queen's ball. The dinner was in honor of princesses from out of town. All tickets to the ball, the festival's first official event, had been sold and so a second dance was organized at the Cascadian Hotel for the same night. Ken Warner and his band furnished the music.
♦ Mayor C.B. Hughes and Chamber of Commerce President Hoyt Wilbanks were the first to be presented official "apple blossoms" prior to the festival. The blossoms were made locally from wood fiber but had the colors and appearance of the genuine product.
♦ Bernard H. Ridder, publisher of The Seattle Times, and his wife were festival guests. The Ridders spent the night here and toured orchard districts.
♦ East Wenatchee School won the prize for having the largest representation of students in the children's section of the parade. Parade floats included one with a "Fountain of Youth" setting entered by Model Laundry and Cleaners. Helen Bryson portrayed the goddess of youth and Joe Lewis was the youth. Others riding the float were Florence Stewart, Patty Horan, Berna Blevins, Joan Tuttle, Lynn Hilscher and Jacqueline Farrington.
♦ Among the festival officials in charge planning were Art Lavell, Harry Ahlers, Leon Milot, Mrs. O.E. Driver, Mrs. C.R. Berg and Mrs. Lester Gellatly.