1926

♦ The seventh annual Apple Blossom Festival was held April 30-May 1.

Pauline Marler was queen. Lillian Welch and Doris Cedergreen were princesses (or ladies-in-waiting as they were called).

♦ Area communities also chose princesses to attend the queen. They were Henrietta Wilsey, Chelan; Agnes Leedy, Sunnyslope; Letha Ostman, Riverside; Maxine McDermed, Cashmere; Faye Shearon, Entiat; Violet Small, Omak; Eugenia Niblack, Quincy; and Pauline Monroe, Waterville.

R.N. Muffley was general chairman.

♦ Pageants were held both nights of the festival. The opera "Robin Hood" was presented with a cast of 100 local residents.

♦ An industrial parade took place the first day. Among the floats was that of J.C. Penney Co., which represented Saddle Rock as the "Spirit of the Wenatchee Valley."

♦ The parade passed in review before thousands of spectators that lined the entire length of Wenatchee Avenue's business section and extended almost as fully along several blocks of Mission Street. The float of the Aplets company in Cashmere was awarded grand sweepstakes. Girls riding on the float were Dorothy French, Melba Murdock, Anken Tertsagian, Betty May Linkem, Mazie Payne, Helen Payne, Bernice Loudenback and Marjorie Murdock. Other prize winners were Ferguson-Ross Agency, commercial division; Chelan, communities; Elks Lodge, organizations; and Wenatchee High School, schools.

♦ A 65-member delegation of officials from the Seattle Chamber of Commerce marched in the parade along with a 15-piece Scottish pipers' band. They were followed by the Seattle Fire Department baseball team which would play the Upstairs Price team of Spokane at Recreation Park later in the afternoon.

♦ East Wenatchee Grammar School won a boys relay race run on Wenatchee Avenue starting near the Columbia River Bridge and finishing in front of the Columbia Lumber Co. brick building a few feet beyond the Wenatchee Department Store. The school's team was led by Fred Gaines. Other schools placing were Lewis and Clark, second; Columbia, third; Whitman, fourth, Lincoln, fifth; and South Wenatchee, sixth.

1927

Beatrice McGough was queen of the eighth annual Apple Blossom Festival held May 5-7. Her attendants were Marjorie Knapton and Ruby Dull.

♦ The executive committee organizing this year’s festival included chairman Vaughn Clearman (general chairman), M.U. Meenach, Frank Smallidge, John Maher, Mrs. W.L. Williams, Martin Easton and R.E. Michael.

♦ “Heart’s Desire,” a comedy play pageant, opened the festival with a performance at the Liberty Theatre. Olive Tillman Crider had the leading role and the production was directed by Mrs. Bryan Johnson. Tickets were 50 cents to $1.65.

♦ Queen Beatrice was formally crowned by Gov. Roland H. Hartley before the evening play. Hartley was introduced by Mayor C.B. Halbert.

♦ The queen’s ball was held at the Chamber of Commerce hall.

♦ Queen Beatrice read her official festival proclamation from the bandstand at Memorial Park. Street dancing on Chelan Avenue, between Palouse and Orondo, was halted for the ceremony.

♦ A ferris wheel was set up along Chelan Avenue with a merry-go-round at the intersection of Chelan and Orondo. Various concessions were open on the east side of Chelan to blend in with the dancing.

♦ The forming of Entiokachee, the official festival organization, marked a new era with this year’s festival. There were 500 members in Wenatchee with plans to extend membership to businessmen throughout North Central Washington.

♦ A band concert was held at Memorial Park, under the direction of J.A. Profitt. Other activities included a track meet and baseball game, both at Recreation Park.

♦ Three parades were held. The first parade featured commercial entries to advertise industries of North Central Washington. The traditional blossom parade was then held, and an evening “fireworks” parade featured “flares of many colors, flood lights and torches.”

♦ The grand sweepstakes of the blossom parade went to Leavenworth’s float. Other top divisional winners included Orondo, communities; Wenatchee Advertising Club, organizations; South Wenatchee, schools; and Powell Sanders, decorated car.